NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, February 6th (All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (38-11) at Minnesota Timberwolves (18-27), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Antonio Spurs will put their 10-game winning streak on the line Wednesday night in their first game since the Tim Duncan injury when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Duncan missed the previous four games with a sore left knee, then returned Saturday night against the Washington Wizards. Duncan was injured when Washington's Martell Webster rolled onto the back of Duncan's knee.
During the collision, Duncan injured his left knee and sprained his right ankle. He underwent an MRI Sunday in San Antonio and it revealed no structural damage. He is listed as day-to-day, but is not expected to be in the lineup against Minnesota.
"That's great. We need him for our team to win," Kawhi Leonard said after practice on Monday. "We need the chemistry right now. You never know with Tim. He might just suit up."
The Spurs hung on to beat the Wizards, 96-86. Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs with 19 points and 12 assists. Danny Green added 15 points and Tiago Splitter chipped in 12. Leonard had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
San Antonio has played great long before the 10-game winning streak. The Spurs have taken 19 of their last 22 and three in a row on the road. All three losses during this brilliant run came away from home.
The T'Wolves lost on Monday at home against the Portland Trail Blazers. It was their seventh loss in their last eight, although they fought like crazy to beat the Blazers.
Minnesota scored 40 points in the final frame, but came up just short in a 100-98 loss. Dante Cunningham missed a last-second jumper that could've tied it.
"In the last six minutes we turned it up and the energy was high," coach Rick Adelman said. "Got some turnovers, made some shots, but you get too far down and it's too hard to get back. Everything has to be perfect to come back and win that game."
The Timberwolves forced an astonishing 28 turnovers and scored 33 points off those miscues. Cunningham paced the Wolves with 23 points and four other Minnesota players scored in double figures, including a season-high 15 points from Ricky Rubio. He matched his career-high with 14 assists.
Forward Andrei Kirilenko left the Blazers game in the second quarter with a strained right quadriceps. He is listed as questionable for Wednesday's contest.
The Spurs have won 18 of their last 20 against the Timberwolves, but the only two losses during that stretch were their last two in Minnesota.
02/06 10:46:51 ET