Preview: The Wolves lost the last two games of their four-game homestand, and have lost point guard Ricky Rubio to a season-ending knee injury. How will they survive? A sloppy loss to the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday night seemed a bad omen, but coach Rick Adelman and his players promised a better effort going forward. The Suns are finding a stride, having won two in a row and seven of their past nine. Included in that streak was a victory over the Wolves on March 1 that came with the Suns rested and the Wolves playing for a third time in three nights.
Players to watch: Wolves F Kevin Love is battling a sore lower back, but he still managed to post his 14th 30-point game of the season Saturday, tying him for the franchise record. Center Nikola Pekovic and G Luke Ridnour are coming off double-doubles vs. New Orleans. The Wolves need to get more out of wing players Martell Webster and Wes Johnson, who combined to shoot 1-for-8 and score two points Saturday. Suns C Marc Gasol is coming off a 21-point, eight-rebound, five-assist game vs. Memphis. G Jared Dudley had 19 points and PG Steve Nash had 15 assists vs. Memphis.
Numbers: Saturday's victory over the red-hot Grizzlies put the Suns within two games of .500 for the first time since they were 4-6 on Jan. 12. The Suns have won five consecutive home games, after trailing by 10 or more points in all five games.
Injuries: Rubio (left knee) is out. Love (back spasms) is probable. The Suns report no injuries.
|San Diego||27||FINAL 0:00|
|Washington||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Houston||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Jets||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|Arizona||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
|Baltimore||12/16/13 7:40 PM|
|Houston||44||2nd Qtr 0:02|
|Boston||3||3rd Prd 6:52|
|Minnesota||0||2nd Prd 10:09|
|Coll of Charleston||68|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|SE Missouri St||72|
|(17) Iowa State||83|
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