Tonight the Minnesota Timberwolves will host the Utah Jazz. The Jazz are hot after the awesome blowout win (squeaking win?) against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Wolves were just dumped on by the San Antonio Spurs. Utah will be playing the first game of a back-to-back, and Minnesota isn't in the same boat. The boats are very different when you look at which players are actually going to be playing tonight. The Wolves' best players, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Gorgui Dieng, Kevin Martin, Tayshaun Prince . . . they are all playing tonight. The only one they will be missing is Nikola Pekovic, who has been out all season long. On the other side of things the Jazz will continue to be without Derrick Favors, Rudy Gobert, Alec Burks, and Dante Exum. This means more time for guys like Elijah Millsap, Trey Lyles, Joe Ingles, and sadly, more pressure on the remaining rotation guys like Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Trevor Booker, and Raul Neto.
I'm not convinced that we can't still beat teams when injured. I'm just not convinced this team can do it on the road against a team that is pretty much running at full strength. It's going to be a tough game, but I believe that we are going to see more of the smaller line-ups while Jeff Withey continues to be moth-balled on the bench during crunch time. Like, I know that I would want to defend KAT with Jeff down the stretch. But then again, that's what I would have done with Nerlens Noel last game, but that didn't.
It would be insane to expect something different tonight. Then again, perhaps we are underestimating the sanity of our beloved Quin Snyder? I don't know. I do know that I'm very likely to opt out of watching this entire game live if the team looks like they are going to lose badly.
Meh. Honesty is an unpopular policy in an election year.