by Ya Mudda and KoCF
Merry Christmas Everyone, tonight the Timberwolves face off against a sliding Indiana Pacers team. Both of the teams come into this one fresh with two days off from action and are both nursing a losing streak, the Pacers at three while the Wolves have lost two in a row.
The Pacers’ offense has been struggling recently after starting out the season hot and making it rain from 3. In their last three losses they have struggled to break 100 twice while being held under 90 once. Their most recent loss to the kings came at the buzzer where Paul George missed a potential game tying jumper. The pacers are a balanced offensive unit but the majority of their wins have come when Paul George and C.J. Miles have been scoring the 20+, and it’s no surprise why, both of these guys are shooting over 40% from 3 point range, on roughly 15 attempts combined. The Pacers are averaging 102 points per game while giving up 99 points to opponents, these aren’t exactly elite numbers but the Pacers have proven they are a top four team in the East and may be the biggest threat to the Cavs, they have just been in a slump recently.
The Wolves on the other hand are coming off a really tough to watch game against the Spurs. The offense for most of the game just could not click against the suffocating Spurs defence and at time the Wolves were just moving the ball for the sake of moving it, with no conviction behind each pass or purpose, Wiggins routinely found himself running into two defenders while Rubio and Lavine could find no separation to operate. There were a few bright spots against the Spurs, Muhammed had a really nice game scoring wise hitting 5 of 9 shots while Karl had himself a double double. The Wolves may still be unsure if they are tanking but at this point we know they should, most of the guys are still raw and need more time to develop so it makes sense to look for another lottery pick to add to the plethora they already have.
The Wolves defence has been less than stellar recently and the Pacers are looking for a pick me up for their own offense, this could be it for them. Paul George’s primary defender will most likely be Andrew Wiggins who is giving up a few inches as well as 20 lbs to George, not only that PG13 has shown that he has shaken off the rust of being out after his horrific injury over a year ago and is back to being a superstar, most of the time anyway. This one could be tight if the Wolves come to play and George is having another off night. The most important thing for the Wolves? Defend the 3 point line, the Pacers have three guys who are shooting 40% from 3 (George, Miles and Hill) and as a team they shoot 37%. If they are allowed to bomb away from 3 and are hitting, this one could be over early.
Andrew Wiggins vs. Paul George: The hope for Andrew Wiggins is that someday he’ll be Paul George. Right now he isn’t. He isn’t even close… bruh bout to get embarrassed.
Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Ian Mahinmi: Mahinmi is a solid defensive big and a really good rim protector and it’ll be interesting to see how KAT does against him on the offensive end. Defensively should be an easy cover for sweet Karlito.
Ricky Rubio vs. George Hill: straight up don’t even care.
Zach Lavine vs. The World: Is Zach Lavine trash? No I don’t think so. At least, he’s been pretty good at his job so far this year. Imo he’s been better than Wiggins which is surprising, I had low expectations for Zach Lavine coming out of the draft. He was a punk ass bitch who could dunk and hit shots but he was dumb as shit and played extremely low iq basketball. But this year he’s been much better as a PG and as a SG. He gives more of a shit on defense and he can really score. HE’S THE NEXT KOBE.