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Andrew Wiggins doubtful for Wolves' game vs. Jazz

The Timberwolves are likely to be without Andrew Wiggins for a third consecutive game.

After missing the last two games because of personal reasons as he went to visit family following the death of his grandmother. 

But this time Wiggins is listed as doubtful because of an illness.

The Wolves have lost both their games without Wiggins by at least 20 points after falling to both Washington and Houston. 

Josh Okogie, who missed Saturday's game because of left knee soreness, is listed as questionable, while Shabazz Napier is doubtful because of a hamstring strain. 


 

Beal continues string of lights-out scoring nights against Wolves

If you’re a high-level or elite scorer, you might begin salivating when you see the Timberwolves on the schedule.

Nets guard Kyrie Irving scored 50 on opening night. D’Angelo Russell put up 52 and on Friday night, Wizards guard Bradley Beal went for 44 as Washington came away with a 137-116 victory over the Wolves.

And look at who’s up next on the schedule Saturday -- Rockets guard James Harden, the league’s leading scorer who is averaging 38.7 points per game. The first two the Wolves could live with because they came in wins, but Beal torched them and they Wolves couldn’t compensate in other areas, especially with Andrew Wiggins absent to be with family following the death of his grandmother.

Beal was especially harmful to the Wolves during the third quarter, when he scored 16 points to help the Wizards build a 10-point lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Wolves coach Ryan Saunders was asked if there was anything to the Wolves allowing these type of performances.

“They’re all talented players,” Saunders said. “There are also differences too. Beal didn’t get a lot of his off pick-and-rolls. He got off his catch-and-shoot and miscommunications, and defensive breakdowns. I felt we had a good game plan going into it. I think they executed at a high level.”

So what do the Wolves need to do to defend Harden on Saturday night?

“He’s probably the most talented scorer in the NBA,” guard Jeff Teague said. “He’s going to get to the free throw line. He’s going to make tough shots. We just got make him see a wall, see a lot of bodies. Just try to make it tough.”

Likely no Westbrook for Houston
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters that guard Russell Westbrook was likely to sit out Saturday’s game against the Wolves. Westbrook sat out the tail end of the Rockets’ first set of consecutive games this season and the Rockets played Indiana on Friday.

The Rockets will also have a few other missing players. Center Clint Capela will miss the game because of a concussion, the Houston Chronicle reported, while Eric Gordon is out for several weeks because of a knee injury.


 

Final, 11/16 1 2 3 4 F
Houston 10-3 31 33 29 32 125
Minnesota 7-6 30 32 23 20 105

NBA Scoreboard

  • Philadelphia

    Cleveland

     

    - F

    114

    95

  • Boston

    Sacramento

     

    - F

    99

    100

  • Washington

    Orlando

     

    - F

    121

    125

  • Denver

    Memphis

     

    - F

    131

    114

  • Golden State

    New Orleans

     

    - F

    100

    108

  • Atlanta

    LA Lakers

     

    - F

    101

    122

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