Timberwolves try to take series lead against Kings
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – The Minnesota Timberwolves try to take a
3-2 lead in their Western Conference semifinal set tonight, as they welcome
the Sacramento Kings to the Target Center for Game 5 of the best-of-seven
Game 6 is scheduled for Sunday at ARCO Arena.
On Wednesday, Chris Webber poured in a game-high 28 points and grabbed eight
rebounds, leading Sacramento to an 87-81 win over the Timberwolves in Game 4
of at ARCO Arena. All-Star Brad Miller scored 20 points off the bench and
converted a clutch three-point play down the stretch for the Kings, who evened
the series at two games apiece.
League MVP Kevin Garnett finished with 19 points and a game-best 21 rebounds
in Game 4 for Minnesota, while All-Star Sam Cassell contributed 15 points and
Latrell Sprewell posted 13 for Minnesota, which is 4-1 all-time in the
playoffs when Garnett scores 30 or more points.
On the injury front, Sacramento guard Bobby Jackson is expected to remain out
of the Kings lineup tonight, as he continues to battle an abdominal injury.
Jackson was hopeful that he would play in Game 5. He has not played in the
playoffs this year and was originally expected to miss the entire postseason.
Minnesota’s Wally Szczerbiak is expected to make his first appearance of the
series tonight. Szczerbiak hasn’t played since he was injured in Game 2 of the
first-round playoff series against the Nuggets when he broke three small bones
in his back.
Minnesota is 2-1 all-time in Game 5s in the postseason. The Timberwolves, who
are 4-1 at home in this year’s playoffs, are 8-10 all-time as the host in the
Sacramento is 4-1 in its last five Game 5s in the playoffs. The Kings are 2-5
in their last seven road games in the postseason.
The last time the Kings’ franchise won a best-of-seven series that saw them
play the opener on the road was in 1981, when they called Kansas City home.
The Kansas City Kings defeated the Phoenix Suns 4-3 in the conference
The Kings are appearing in the Western Conference semifinals for the fourth
straight year. Sacramento, which was swept out of the second round by the Los
Angeles Lakers in 2001, was eliminated in seven games by the Mavericks during
last year’s semis. The Kings did defeat Dallas, 4-1, in the 2002 semifinals
before losing in seven games to the Lakers in the conference finals.
This is the first time that the two squads have squared off in a playoff