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Gameday Open Thread: Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves


Phoenix Suns
at

Minnesota Timberwolves
16-4 2-15
6:00 PM Mountain / 8:00 PM Eastern
TV: My45 HD, NBA League Pass

Two teams on opposite ends of the standings meet up tonight as the 16-4 Suns close out their five-game road trip against the 2-15 rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves. The Suns come in with a five-game winning streak, while the Wolves have a five-game losing streak. Sounds like the ideal opponent for the Suns to face on the back of a four-games-in-five-nights stretch.

Need a reason to get up for this game? Minnesota's last win was five games ago on November 26 at New Orleans. Their previous win was five games before that against the Kings on November 14, and they opened the season with five losses before that. So, if their lose five/win one pattern continues, that would mean they're due for one of those miracle, "underdog plays way over its head" shockers. Seems unlikely, but anything can and does happen. For more on the game from the Timberwolves' perspective--including their "Let the Rhino Roam" strategy involving second-year forward/center Craig Smith, see the preview on Timberwolves.com.

Here's what happened when the Suns faced the KG-less Timberwolves last season (barring a major letdown of monumental proportions that final score sounds about right):