7 P.M. VS. phoenix • target center• FSN, 830-AM
Preview: After an extended All-Star break, with a roster that looks substantially different from how it did just days ago, the Wolves begin the stretch run of the season against Phoenix in a game fans might need a program for. The Wolves went back to the future with the Kevin Garnett trade, although Garnett isn’t expected to arrive until Saturday. It is possible that both Adreian Payne and Gary Neal could see their first on-court minutes in a Wolves jersey. The Suns, meanwhile, traded guard Goran Dragic Wednesday for a combination of players and picks. The Suns lost five of six games heading into the All-Star break. The Wolves, in the midst of a very difficult stretch in the schedule, have lost two in a row, including a nail-biter against Golden State.
Players to watch: Rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine are coming off an eventful break. Wiggins was the MVP of the Rising Stars game, while LaVine won the dunk contest. G Kevin Martin has 66 points in his past three games. Phoenix is led by guard Eric Bledsoe, averaging 17.2 points, 5.9 assists and 1.7 steals per game. F Markeiff Morris is averaging 15.1 points per game.
Numbers: The Wolves have lost three consecutive vs. Phoenix, but seven of the past 11 games between them have been won by the road team. Dragic’s absence could help the Wolves. He scored 46 points in two games vs. the Wolves this season.
Injuries: Wolves F Robbie Hummel (broken hand) is out. Suns C Alex Len (ankle) is probable..