Game Preview: Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves

There are two teams in the NBA who are currently on 15 game losing streaks at the moment. The Washington Bullets Wizards are one of the teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves are the other. Not only have the Wolves lost 15 in a row, they've won just once in their last 22 games and are on their second 15-game streak of futility this season.

I wonder what it feels like to lose that badly. Probably not good. Says Al Jefferson:

"It's not fun losing 15 games in a row, but you have to stay professional and do something about it...You have to stay positive and good things will happen." What good things? Like getting traded? Poor Al. He seems to be doing his part though, averaging 19.3 points and shooting 55.6 percent from the field in his last 10 games. Give him some credit for not creating a sore back or something so he can stay home and not look bad while his teammates continue to lose. 

Minnesota's opponents are averaging 112.7 points and shooting 48.8 percent during the 15-game slide. I think the Suns should eclipse those numbers tonight, if the past can dictate the future. Of course, they will have to do that without the services of Robin Lopez who is back in PHX nursing a legitimate back injury.

There isn't much to say about this one, other than the Suns need to take care of business. Hopefully, Nash, MAX, and Co. can put in a little early work and get out for some rest while Dragon, LB, and the rest of the second unit mops up. 


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
Al Jefferson 69 32.4 7.6 15.1 50.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 2.3 3.4 67.4 2.4 6.9 9.3 1.8 1.7 0.9 1.2 2.7 17.4
Kevin Love 51 28.6 4.9 10.8 45.4 0.6 1.7 37.5 3.9 4.7 81.7 3.8 6.9 10.7 2.3 1.9 0.7 0.4 2.2 14.4
Jonny Flynn 73 28.9 4.9 11.9 41.2 0.9 2.5 34.4 2.8 3.4 82.3 0.3 2.1 2.4 4.4 2.8 1.1 0.0 1.2 13.5
Corey Brewer 73 30.5 5.0 11.7 42.9 1.0 2.8 34.8 2.0 3.1 64.9 0.9 2.7 3.6 2.3 2.1 1.4 0.4 2.7 13.0
Ryan Gomes 67 28.7 4.2 9.6 44.3 0.9 2.4 35.2 1.3 1.6 81.7 1.0 3.7 4.7 1.6 1.3 0.8 0.2 2.1 10.6
Ramon Sessions 73 21.0 3.0 6.5 45.8 0.0 0.2 8.3 1.9 2.7 70.8 0.7 1.9 2.6 3.1 1.6 0.7 0.1 1.6 7.9
Wayne Ellington 68 18.4 2.6 6.0 42.8 0.9 2.2 39.6 0.8 1.0 86.4 0.5 1.7 2.2 1.0 1.0 0.3 0.1 1.0 6.9
Ryan Hollins 65 17.6 2.4 4.4 55.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6 2.2 71.3 1.2 1.8 2.9 0.7 1.3 0.2 0.5 2.8 6.4
Damien Wilkins 72 20.3 2.1 5.0 43.1 0.2 0.8 30.9 1.2 1.6 78.6 1.0 2.4 3.3 1.8 1.0 0.9 0.3 1.8 5.7
Darko Milicic 24 19.0 2.5 5.0 50.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.6 53.3 1.4 3.1 4.5 1.3 0.8 0.5 0.8 2.7 5.3
Oleksiy Pecherov 43 10.3 1.8 4.3 41.2 0.3 1.2 26.9 0.7 0.7 90.6 0.7 2.1 2.8 0.3 0.7 0.2 0.3 1.3 4.6
Sasha Pavlovic 62 12.3 1.4 4.2 33.8 0.5 1.7 27.6 0.2 0.4 38.5 0.2 1.5 1.7 0.9 0.8 0.3 0.1 1.3 3.5
Nathan Jawai 39 10.5 1.3 2.8 44.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 1.0 68.4 1.3 1.4 2.7 0.6 0.7 0.3 0.2 1.5 3.2
Brian Cardinal 27 9.0 0.5 1.3 38.9 0.1 0.3 33.3 0.5 0.5 100.0 0.2 0.7 0.9 0.7 0.2 0.3 0.1 1.7 1.7

 

  • The Suns are looking for their first season sweep of the Wolves since 1994-95.
  • A Wolves loss would tie the franchise record for consecutive defeats (16)
  • The Suns' next four opponents have combined for 44 losses in 52 games in March.

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