Quick Preview: San Antonio Spurs (49-15) at Minnesota Timberwolves (21-39)

By Ian Dougherty

Tim Duncan will be doing just this much, sitting, against the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.

Fresh off a victory last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs are set to play the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. The game against the Thunder was a matchup that was hyped up very much, so coming off of a big win like that, the Spurs must make sure to bring their A-game against Minnesota in a possible trap game. Minnesota is hosting San Antonio after a 23 point loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, and have been looking to re-tool their game. This game is without many key players for both teams, and looks to be a snoozefest, so let’s d this quickly, shall we?

San Antonio has the best record in the league, and will be looking to add their 50th win of the season tonight, a feat that would make it the 14th straight season for the Spurs where they have won 50 games, showing the model of consistency they have had in the Tim Duncan era.

Minnesota has underachieved mightily this year, as they were expected to contend for a playoff spot in the West, something they have not done since the 2003-2004 season. Unfortunately, they fell prone to injuries as Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, two of their most important pieces have missed significant time. In fact, the only player on their roster who has not missed time due to injuries is Luke Ridnour.

The Spurs will be missing Tony Parker again, who is still out with a sprained ankle. In addition to him, the Spurs will also be without Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard, due to “sore knees”. (Which is really just Pop resting them because he can.)

The Timberwolves will be without Andrei Kirilenko, Nikola Pekovic, Chase Budinger, and Kevin Love for tonight’s game. Kirilenko and Pekovic are listed as “out indefinitely” with a strained left calf, and a strained abdomen respectively. Budinger has been out since November with surgery on his left knee, and Love has been out since January due to a broken hand.

As far as actual gameplay goes, this season the Spurs have had a top 5 offense, scoring 104.8 ppg, and shooting .382 from long range. Their accuracy when shooting and precision cuts are reminiscent of whatever a Terminator would do whenever it gets John Connor in view. Whenever this Spurs team gets an opponent in it’s sights, it goes and executes quickly, no matter the personnel playing. For the Timberwolves, this is hardly the case, as they tend to limp out onto the court on offense, having a bottom 10 offense this year. They struggle to shoot, and they won’t be able to keep up with the Spurs; even though Parker, Duncan, and Leonard are out for the night.

The game against the Timberwolves is at 8:00 PM, and can be seen on FSSW. And if you do watch this, may God have mercy on your poor soul.