7 P.M. VS. L.A. CLIPPERS • Target Center • FSN (830-AM)
Preview: Having lost the first two games of this four-game homestand — running their overall losing streak to three — the Timberwolves will be trying to break two streaks here: to get back on the winning track at home, and to beat the Clippers for the first time since March 5, 2012. The Wolves’ 13-game losing streak vs. the Clippers is their longest such streak against any team. The Clippers’ home victory over Orlando on Saturday was their fourth in five games. And they did it without injured guards Chris Paul (inflamed rib cage) and J.J. Redick (ankle).
Players to watch: Wolves C Karl-Anthony Towns is coming off a 27-point, 12-rebound, two-block performance Saturday vs. Portland. G/F Andrew Wiggins scored 17 vs. Portland but was 1-for-9 in the second half; it was the first time in four games Wiggins failed to score 20. Clippers G Jamal Crawford, starting because of Paul’s injury, scored 16 of his 32 points in the fourth quarter Saturday. F Blake Griffin had 28 points and 13 points. C DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Ex-Wolves F/G Wes Johnson had a season-high 21 points Saturday.
Numbers: Saturday marked the fifth time the Wolves have had a lead of 10 or more points and lost this season. … The Wolves have shot 36.5 percent from three-point range (35-for-96) over their past five games. …This game is the start of a stretch in which the Clippers will play five road games in 10 days. … Jordan’s 342-game playing streak is the league’s longest active streak.
Injuries: Wolves C Nikola Pekovic (Achilles surgery) is out. Paul is out. Redick is questionable.