Tonight in Minneapolis features a matchup of two slumping Northwest Division teams. The Wolves are 3-7 in their last 10, with wins coming against the Jazz, Hawks, and Spurs. The Jazz are 4-6, with wins over the Warriors, Pelicans, and Grizzlies (twice). The Wolves have been here before, and were basically expecting to be here before the season started. The Jazz are a team searching for answers, especially on the bench. Even the starters, though, are playing hero (Al the Conqueror) ball rather than the offense we’ve come to expect from Quin Snyder’s team over the years.
Remember how he used to say “the strength of the team is the team?” Well, that’s clearly not true today. The strength of this team is the starters and not much else. Our very own Tavan Parker hashed that all out here. That’s going to be the story of tonights game, and other games for the foreseeable future: the starters have to play out of their minds to make up for the futility of the bench.
When: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 • 8:00 PM CDT
Where: Target Center • Minneapolis, MN
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain
Radio: 97.5 FM | 1280 AM The Zone
What to Watch For
Bojan needs to bounce back in a big way if the Jazz are going to win this one. His performance against OKC was one he likely wants to forget—13 points, 5 rebounds, 0 assists, and 1 steal on 17 shots—4 of which went in. Ouch. Combine that with Royce O’Neale hitting zero shots in 26 minutes and you can see why the Jazz only scored 90 points.
Gotta include highlights of my favorite pesky Timberwolf ever.
Remember how he was in the league this decade? Man.
Now for the mandatory brief regarding conduct on this gamethread. Stockton is the greatest point guard ever, period. Tim Duncan was a center. Refrain from excessive profanity, don’t insult anyone’s mother, don’t be racist/sexist/homophobic/bigoted in general or you’ll get banned. Be good human beings.