2:30 P.M. VS. Phoenix • Target Center • FSN, 830-AM
Preview: The Wolves, whose losing streak rose to nine with their 20-point loss in Oklahoma City on Friday, face what appears to be a beatable Phoenix team that will be playing without high-scoring guard Eric Bledsoe. The Wolves have lost 13 of their past 14. The Suns have lost three consecutive and 12 of their past 13. One of these streaks has to end.
Players to watch: Wolves G Zach LaVine had a career-high 28 points in a loss in Phoenix on Dec. 13. G/F Andrew Wiggins has averaged 26.2 points over his past five games. G/F Shabazz Muhammad has scored in double figures in four of his past five games. C/F Karl-Anthony Towns failed to score in double figures Friday for the first time in seven games. Suns G Brandon Knight sank a career-high seven three-pointers in the Suns’ victory over the Wolves last month. F Markieff Morris has a 15.4-point scoring average vs. Minnesota.
Numbers: Phoenix has won two games in a row in this series, including a 108-101 victory Dec. 13. In that game the Suns forced 25 turnovers and turned them into 43 points, the most such points the Suns have scored off turnovers in a game since the stat was first kept in 1998.
Injuries: Wolves G Kevin Martin, who missed Friday’s game due to illness, returned to practice Saturday. He is questionable. Phoenix C Alex Len (left hand), G Ronnie Price (toe surgery) and G Eric Bledsoe (knee) are out.