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Clippers-Timberwolves Preview (Jan. 19)
Posted By Taylor Smith On Jan 19 2011 @ 12:40 pm In Los Angeles Clippers | No Comments
Prediction: Rebounds will be hard to come by Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Two of the league’s brightest young power forwards will get together as Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves are in town to face Blake Griffin and the Clippers.
Griffin is in the midst of a stretch in which he’s recorded 27 consecutive double-doubles, while Love, who played one year at UCLA, has a double-double in 28 straight games.
In Monday afternoon’s win over Indiana, Griffin scored a career-high 47 points while grabbing 14 rebounds.
He shot an amazing 19-24 from the field, and dazzled the Pacers’ defense with an array of post moves that we hadn’t really seen from him before.
The Clippers have now won 10 of their last 14 games, and have climbed to within six games of the final Western Conference playoff spot.
Unfortunately for Minnesota, Love’s stellar play hasn’t translated into wins. The Timberwolves are just 10-32 and 2-20 away from home.
Love leads the league in rebounding (15.7 per game), while also scoring 21.2 points and shooting an amazing 44 percent from three-point range.
His 37 double-doubles lead the league. Griffin is second in that category with 33.
For all the problems the Clippers have had this season with regards to turnovers, Minnesota is actually the NBA’s worst in that department, averaging over 17 a night.
This will be the third meeting of the two teams already this season.
The Timberwolves won the first matchup 113-111 in Minneapolis behind 33 points from Michael Beasley and 24 points and 14 rebounds from Love. Beasley has been hampered lately with an ankle injury, but is expected to play.
The Clippers got revenge on December 20 at Staples Center, beating the Timberwolves 113-90. Eric Gordon scored a season-high 36 that night, while Griffin chipped in with 22 points and 10 rebounds.
Los Angeles has won three straight games over Minnesota at Staples Center.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30pm PT.
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