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Wolves-Milwaukee game preview

  • March 11, 2014 - 9:31 AM

7 p.m. vs. Milwaukee • Target Center • FSN, 830-AM

Preview: The Wolves have followed a 4-1 road trip by losing two of three to Eastern Conference opposition. At 31-31, Minnesota was in 10th place in the Western Conference, five games behind Memphis and Phoenix before Monday’s games. Before Monday night’s victory over the Magic, Milwaukee (13-50), which has the NBA’s worst record, had lost three in a row.

Players to watch: Wolves F Kevin Love came within one assist of his second career triple-double in Sunday’s loss to Toronto. C Nikola Pekovic, still dealing with ankle pain, played 33 minutes Sunday, the most in the five games since he returned to action. G Kevin Martin has scored 20 points in four of five games since his return from a thumb injury. Milwaukee G Brandon Knight leads the Bucks in scoring (17.2 points per game). He had averaged 21.7 points in three games before Monday.

Numbers: Minnesota has won three in a row over the Bucks, including a 22-point victory Dec. 28 in Milwaukee. The Wolves bench has been outscored 70-42 the past two games.

Injuries: Wolves C Ronny Turiaf (knee bruise) and G A.J. Price (appendectomy) is out. Milwaukee listed guard/forward Carlos Delfino (foot surgery) and C Larry Sanders (fractured orbital bone) as out and forward Ekpe Udoh (knee) as questionable for Monday’s game with Orlando.

KENT YOUNGBLOOD

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