Timberwolves continue homestand against Wizards
(Sports Network) – Still in search of the first win on their current five-game
homestand, the struggling Minnesota Timberwolves play host to the Washington
Wizards this afternoon at the Target Center.
Minnesota dropped the opener of the stand on Wednesday to Charlotte before
being handed a 116-104 defeat by Phoenix on Friday. Kevin Garnett had 28
points and 19 rebounds against the Suns for Minnesota, which lost its third
straight overall. Randy Foye had 14 points and eight assists.
The Timberwolves are 16-11 at home this season and will also receive visits
from Dallas and Utah in the next week. Minnesota needs to get back in the win
column as the club is currently 1 1/2 games out of a playoff spot.
Washington had a three-game winning streak snapped on Friday after a 105-90
setback to Chicago. Gilbert Arenas had a game-high 36 points for Washington.
Caron Butler scored 14 points and had seven rebounds, while DeShawn Stevenson
finished with 13 points for the Wizards, who are hoping to get forward Antawn
Jamison back into the lineup. Jamison has been out since January 31 because of
a sprained left knee but could return within one week.
This afternoon’s game is the second on a three-game road trip for the Wizards,
who will conclude the swing in New Jersey on Tuesday. Washington is 10-15 on
the road this season, but leads the Southeast Division by 5 1/2 games over
Orlando and Miami.
Washington took the lone meeting between the clubs so far this season,
112-100, last Tuesday behind 38 points by Arenas. The teams have split a set
of meetings over the two previous seasons.
The Timberwolves have won six in a row at home in the series however.