Wolves try to knock off Mavs for fourth straight win

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Field Level Media
19 Dec 2021, 12:05 GMT+10

The Minnesota Timberwolves volition effort to summation their winning streak to 4 games erstwhile they big the Dallas Mavericks connected Sunday nighttime successful Minneapolis.

The contention marks the opening installment of a home-and-home acceptable betwixt the teams. After Sunday's game, the teams volition alert southbound and extremity disconnected Tuesday nighttime successful Dallas.

Minnesota is coming disconnected a resounding 110-92 triumph implicit the Los Angeles Lakers, which followed victories implicit the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets earlier successful the week. The Timberwolves tin ascent backmost to .500 with a triumph connected their location court.

If the Timberwolves enactment hot, Karl-Anthony Towns figures to beryllium a large crushed why. The seasoned halfway leads Minnesota with 24.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per crippled this season.

Against the Lakers, Towns scored 28 points and pulled down 10 rebounds successful 32 minutes.

"I deliberation that was his extremity coming into the season, to re-establish himself arsenic a premier large successful this league," Timberwolves caput manager Chris Finch said. "So erstwhile helium gets these matchups (against apical players), he's bringing his champion game."

Dallas hopes to bring its champion crippled aft falling abbreviated 107-104 successful overtime against the Lakers connected Wednesday night. The Mavericks person won 2 of their past 3 and beryllium squarely astatine .500.

Jalen Brunson led Dallas with 25 points connected 11-for-18 shooting successful the astir caller performance. Kristaps Porzingis added 23 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

The Mavericks volition stay without Luka Doncic due to the fact that of a near ankle injury. This volition beryllium the 4th crippled successful a enactment and eighth of the past 16 that Doncic has missed.

Dallas volition beryllium shorthanded successful different areas, too. The Mavericks expect to beryllium without Reggie Bullock (health and information protocols), Willie Cauley-Stein (personal reasons), Josh Green (illness), Frank Ntilikina (illness) and Eugene Omoruyi (right foot) connected Sunday.

Mavericks caput manager Jason Kidd has told his squad to beryllium vigilant, particularly arsenic COVID-19 cases erstwhile again are connected the emergence crossed the country.

"This isn't new," Kidd said. "This has been around. So we're conscionable taking it 1 time astatine a time. That's each you tin bash due to the fact that time could beryllium antithetic wherever you could person affirmative tests. You conscionable person to instrumentality it 1 time astatine a time."

The Timberwolves besides person been forced to adjust. In their past game, Anthony Edwards and Taurean Prince some were forced to miss the crippled arsenic portion of wellness and information protocols.

Edwards and Prince volition not beryllium disposable for Sunday's game, the squad announced.

That means the Timberwolves volition person to trust connected their extent against the Mavericks. Jarred Vanderbilt has provided a spark, peculiarly connected the antiaircraft end, portion Jaylen Nowell is coming disconnected a season-high 14 points connected 6-for-13 shooting against the Lakers.

Nowell credited his caput coach, Finch, with keeping the squad focused and motivated.

"He knows however to speech to guys differently," Nowell said. "The mode you speech to 'KAT' isn't the aforesaid mode you would speech to (DeAngelo Russell). The mode you speech to (Russell) isn't the aforesaid mode you would speech to Malik (Beasley).

"So helium knows however to bring retired the champion successful each azygous player."

--Field Level Media

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