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Sunday, March 16th
(All times Eastern)
Sacramento Kings (23-43) at Minnesota Timberwolves (32-32), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Minnesota Timberwolves are .500 and desperately in
need of wins if they are going to make the playoffs. They'll try to take a
step in that direction Sunday night when they host the Sacramento Kings at the
The Wolves have alternated wins and losses over the last six and are falling
dangerously close to a desperate situation. Minny is six behind the Memphis
Grizzlies for the eighth seed and has to jump the Phoenix Suns if it will make
On Friday, the T'Wolves fell in Charlotte to the Bobcats, 105-93.
Kevin Martin paced Minnesota with 19 points, while Kevin Love contributed 18
and Corey Brewer and Dante Cunningham each netted 10 for the Timberwolves, who
have dropped two of their last three.
"It was a tough game for us. They just played better than we did. We didn't
play much, if any, defense in this game," said Love. "I don't know how these
guys felt, but myself, I was particularly tired. It was just a tough game from
the start. We scored 33 points in the first quarter, but they kept making
shots and we didn't make stops."
The Bobcats outscored the Wolves, 32-20, in the second quarter and shot 42.7
percent from the field and 40 percent from long range.
Minnesota plays three of its next four on the road following Sunday's contest
with the Kings.
Sacramento will polish off a seven-game road trip Sunday. The Kings are 2-4
thus far and lost last time out, a 94-87 setback Saturday night to the Chicago
DeMarcus Cousins deposited 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Isaiah Thomas had
26 points in Sacramento's fourth loss in five tries. Rudy Gay was the only
other Kings player in double figures with 13.
"I like how we competed and gave ourselves a chance to win. We were on the
road against a very good team so that is all I can ask from the guys,"
Sacramento head coach Michael Malone said.
Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field and Sacramento outrebounded
the Bulls, 55-40. But the Kings committed 18 turnovers and went 2-for-14 from
The Kings will play four straight at home after Sunday with visits from the
Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and New York Knicks.
The two teams split this season's two matchups with the visitor prevailing in
each contest. The Wolves and Kings have split the last six meetings in
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