The Charlotte Hornets will be looking to rebound against the Minnesota Timberwolves after coming up short Friday night in their 108-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Minnesota is riding a four game winning streak after beating Dallas last night and is looking like things are starting to click for them.
This will be first of two matches between the two teams, with both games being played during November.
The Hornets will be looking for help from their big boys, Dwight Howard and Cody Zeller, to slow down Minnesota’s superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns, who is coming off totaling an impressive 31 points 12 and 12 rebounds against the Mavericks.
Towns is averaging a solid 21.4 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks and per game. His presence alone should be counted as a stat as Minnesota will be looking to Towns to score and he will be controlling the paint defensively all night for the T-Wolves.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop at slowing down Towns. Jimmy Butler and Andrew Wiggins have been taking turns wreaking havoc on opposing teams. Wiggins is averaging 19.5 points and Butler averaging 17.3 points per game.
This big three started the season a little shaky and they still have a few kinks to work out but are definitely a force to be reckon with. Even point guard Jeff Teague has shown he demands a fair share of attention at times.
Surprisingly enough for Minnesota, where they struggle has been on the defensive end. They allow 113.1 points per game which is the third most the league, Charlotte sits in the middle at 13 with 104.3 points allowed.
To their defense, the Warriors did drop a ridiculous 142 points on them back in the beginning of October during a 32 point blowout. Actually, all three of their losses have been blowouts. Oct. 24 against the Pacers, 130-107 and the next day to the Pistons 122-101.
Since then they have had to absolutely grind out wins. Versus Oklahoma City, 119-116, Miami, 125-122 (OT), and New Orleans, 104-98.
As I said, its clear Minnesota still have some kinks to work out, but they are obviously a very talented team, top to bottom.
Charlotte have looked really good in their past four games. Winning games against a surprisingly good Orlando team, a then first in the Western Conference; then Memphis Grizzlies; and then topping Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Milwaukee squad is going to be a positive feat for the years to come.
The Hornets did take a spill Friday night against the Spurs but thats almost a given. Greg Poppovich is very rarely going to lose five straight games. Even if takes Bryn Forbes (?????who??????) to lead the team to victory with 22 points.
Anyways, Sunday night should be a great test for the Hornets. This could be a defining game for both teams, where both will discover their identities for the season. Dwight vs Towns is going to be epic, and Jeremy Lamb who has looked like every bit of a starter (career high 27 points against San Antonio, by the way) so far this season is going to get a good test going against Butler and Wiggins.
Michael Carter-Williams is also available so it will be interesting to see how the rotations switch up if Steve Clifford and co. decide to give him some action.