NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, November 8th (All times Eastern)
Dallas Mavericks (3-2) at Minnesota Timberwolves (3-2), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of 3-2 teams take center stage at the Target Center Friday night when the Minnesota Timberwolves welcome the Dallas Mavericks.
After opening the season 3-0, the Wolves have dropped two straight, including a road loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and a home setback to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday, 106-93.
"I've always felt that if you look at the schedule that this week is going to be, it will tell us a lot about our team," acknowledged head coach Rick Adelman after practice on Thursday.
Against the Warriors, Minny allowed Golden State to shoot 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Offensively, the Wolves continue to be woeful, at least shooting the ball. Minnesota is 11th in the league in scoring at 102.8 ppg, but the Wolves are dead last in the NBA in field-goal shooting percentage (.405) and 23rd in 3- point shooting accuracy (.302).
"We have to do a better job," Adelman said. "Our guys, we can. We've shown we can do it. But sometimes it's you have to take a step back and come out tomorrow and turn it back around."
Kevin Love continued his excellence on Wednesday with 25 points and 16 rebounds. He is third in the league in scoring (26.2 ppg) and first in rebounding (14.6).
Kevin Martin (23), Corey Brewer (18) and Nikola Pekovic (10) all scored in double figures for the Wolves.
Dallas fell to the Thunder in Oklahoma City Wednesday night, 107-93. The Mavs had trouble containing the Thunder's offensive weapons as Kevin Durant went for 23 points and 10 assists, while Russell Westbrook added 22.
"You know, they're a good team. And to win this game in this atmosphere you've got to really be right and you've got to be functioning well on all levels. You know, it just wasn't there for us tonight," said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, who will be coaching his 400th game for the Mavs on Friday.
OKC shot 54.4 percent from the field and Dallas ranks in the bottom-third of the league in both opponents' scoring and opponents' field-goal percentage.
Against the Thunder, Monta Ellis paced the Mavericks with 20 points, followed by 17 apiece from Shawn Marion and Jae Crowder. Dirk Nowitzki added 16.
The Mavs have taken 21 of the last 26 matchups with the T'Wolves, including two in a row. Dallas is 11-2 in its last 13 in the Target Center.
11/08 10:18:47 ET