NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, November 4th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (3-0) at Cleveland Cavaliers (1-2), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The addition of Kevin Martin has paid off tremendously
through three games for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Martin and the Timberwolves look to start 4-0 when they invade Cleveland
Monday to battle the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The T'Wolves secured
their veteran guard via a sign-and-trade deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder
and Martin is averaging 20.7 points per game.
In Sunday's 109-100 victory against the New York Knicks at Madison Square
Garden, Martin scored 30 points and made all five of his 3-pointers, which was
one short of the team mark for 3-pointers without a miss. Chuck Person made
all six of his 3-pointers back on Feb. 10, 1993.
Kevin Love, the star of the Minnesota show, poured in 34 points and 15
rebounds. Nikola Pekovic finished with 11 points and 12 boards. The Wolves
had a lopsided 40-19 lead after 12 minutes, then made it 76-53 on a Brewer
basket with 7:38 to go.
New York trimmed it to 100-98 on 3-pointers by Carmelo Anthony and Iman
Shumpert, but Martin and Love propelled the Wolves to victory.
The Timberwolves are 3-0 for only the second time in franchise history and
went 6-0 to start the 2001-02 campaign.
"It's only three games. We're happy where we're at. But we know we still have
to take a couple more steps to be that team that we know we can be once April
comes," Martin said.
Meanwhile, Cleveland started off the new season with a bang by upending the
revamped Brooklyn Nets, but have since lost consecutive games to the Charlotte
Bobcats and Indiana Pacers.
The Cavs dropped an 89-74 decision to the unbeaten Pacers on Saturday, as Dion
Waiters scored a team-best 17 points, Kyrie Irving posted 15 and Anderson
Varejao ended with 14 points. The Cavs shot just 34.9 percent from the field
and were a dreadful 3-of-15 from 3-point territory.
Cleveland pulled within 62-55 at one point and the Pacers responded with a
17-6 run for a 79-61 cushion.
Cavs head coach Mike Brown was still satisfied with the effort.
"As crazy as this sounds, I thought tonight was our best offensive night, from
the standpoint that the ball moved and bodies moved," Brown said.
Cleveland is back home, where it topped the Nets on opening night, and lost
both meetings with Minnesota last season. The Timberwolves have won four of
the past five in this series.
These two teams have split the previous 10 games at the Q.
11/04 10:38:50 ET