The Minnesota Timberwolves have lost 11 of their last 13 and will be looking to bounce back from last night’s 109-98 loss to the Hornets. Seven players finished in double digits with Gorgui Dieng leading the way with 16 points on five of eight shooting, but the Wolves still couldn’t find the win after leading all the way in a 59-point first half. In a bizzare statistic, the Wolves shot a healthy 55.4 percent from the floor making just the third time since 1996-97 the team has lost when shooting better than 55 percent. With the loss, Minnesota drops to 15-54 on the season and 9-26 at home.
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the Utah Jazz have been one of the hottest teams in the league with 10 wins in their last 13 outings but they’ll be looking to bounce back after getting routed by the Warriors 106-91. Derrick Favors had a strong game of 21 points and 11 rebounds, Trey Burke added 20 points and Rodney Hood had 19, but there was just no stopping the Warriors who are a league-best 33-2 at home. Gordon Hayward struggled from the field and finished with just 11 points and seven assists on three of 13 shooting, but the biggest disappointment was Rudy Gobert who missed all five of his shot attempts and looked completely outmatched against the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut. With the loss, Utah drops to 31-38 on the season and 14-21 on the road.
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ABOUT THE TIMBERWOLVES (15-54):
Garnett’s injury has created playing time for Adreian Payne and the rookie forward has been up to the task. Payne had 13 points in the loss to Charlotte and has scored in double digits in four of his last eight games, including a 16-point, 15-rebound effort against the Los Angeles Clippers on March 9. “I don’t know if he’s played his 20th game in the NBA yet,” Minnesota coach Flip Saunders told reporters. “When you put all those things in consideration, you’ve got to feel good about where he’s at.”
ABOUT THE JAZZ (31-38): Guard Rodney Hood has played well during Utah’s recent rise and the rookie followed up a tough outing to score 19 points against Golden State. Hood had just two points on 0-of-6 shooting against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday before making 9-of-14 shots against the Warriors. Hood has scored 20 or more points in five of the past seven games, including a 24-point outing against the Charlotte Hornets in which he hit all five of his 3-point attempts while going 9-of-11 from the field.
- Utah is 2-0 against the Timberwolves this season and has won the last three meetings.
- Minnesota is 6-34 when scoring less than 100 points.
- Jazz PF Derrick Favors had 21 points and 11 rebounds against Golden State for his first double-double since March 10.