|Last 5 Games||2-3||-1.8||1-4||2-3||98.2||52.8||43.0%||48.4||102.0||53.2||48.3%||53.4|
|Team Stats (All Games)||95.6||49.4||36-82||43.8%||5-18||30.3%||19-25||73.8%||51||12||22||18||8||14||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.3||49.5||37-82||45.2%||7-20||35.8%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||95.0||49.9||36-82||43.8%||6-19||30.3%||17-23||74.3%||51||12||23||19||8||15||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||98.1||48.5||38-82||46.6%||7-19||36.6%||15-20||74.6%||50||11||22||23||8||15||6|
|vs opponents averaging||98.8||49.7||37-82||45.6%||7-20||36.1%||17-22||75.7%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||101.0||49.6||40-81||48.7%||8-20||39.2%||14-19||73.9%||48||10||25||22||8||14||6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||+1.2||2-2||2-3||96.0||48.6||47.2%||43.6||95.6||48.2||48.1%||47.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||98.3||48.1||37-82||45.4%||6-17||36.5%||18-23||76.3%||50||12||23||21||8||14||6|
|vs opponents surrendering||98.4||49.6||37-82||45.3%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||100.1||51.1||38-81||46.8%||6-17||37.9%||18-24||76.0%||52||12||23||22||8||14||7|
|Stats Against (All Games)||98.5||48.3||37-80||46.0%||7-18||37.4%||18-24||75.6%||49||11||21||20||8||14||6|
|vs opponents averaging||98.8||49.7||37-82||45.5%||7-20||35.9%||17-22||75.5%||50||11||22||20||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||95.0||47.1||35-80||44.1%||7-19||34.1%||18-23||75.9%||47||11||19||21||8||13||6|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.2, UTAH 96|
|4/9/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||89-105||L||7||L||203.5||U||33-90||36.7%||50||10||39-91||42.9%||68||13|
|4/10/2013||@ LA CLIPPERS||95-111||L||12.5||L||198.5||O||35-90||38.9%||45||9||44-77||57.1%||50||20|
|4/12/2013||@ UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/13/2013||PHOENIX|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/9/2013||@ NEW YORK||84-113||L||5.5||L||191.5||O||30-78||38.5%||46||19||38-75||50.7%||50||12|
|3/13/2013||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||87-110||L||13.5||L||205||U||28-80||35.0%||41||18||37-69||53.6%||54||24|
|3/22/2013||@ SAN ANTONIO||97-104||L||11.5||W||198.5||O||41-96||42.7%||58||16||39-84||46.4%||53||17|
|4/7/2013||@ GOLDEN STATE||97-90||W||5||W||200.5||U||40-88||45.5%||46||13||35-74||47.3%||47||16|
|4/12/2013||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/15/2013||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/17/2013||@ MEMPHIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MINNESOTA: GUARDS: RICKY RUBIO could be back by late December, but even he's not confident his knee will be 100 percent. His minutes might have to be scaled back . . . LUKE RIDNOUR will handle the offense with Rubio hampered. The vet is a steady hand in coach Rick Adelman's Euro-style offense . . . They're counting on BRANDON ROY to reclaim his old form after a radical knee procedure. He may never be 100 percent, but he should at least give them sixth-man minutes . . . CHASE BUDINGER is a three-point marksman who moves well off the ball, a perfect fit in Adelman's system . . . J.J. BAREA will take some of the point guard burden as well. He's a top sixth man . . . ALEXEY SHVED can help as a combo guard, though he might have trouble breaking into this rotation . . . MALCOLM LEE is a defensive stopper who won't be asked to shoot very often. FORWARDS: Despite being limited athletically, KEVIN LOVE is an elite rebounder and shooter for a big. He'll continue to be the focal point of this offense once he returns from a broken hand in early December . . . ANDREI KIRILENKO returns to the States after a dominating Euroleague stint. He's a big upgrade at the three and should be comfortable in Adelman's system . . . DERRICK WILLIAMS will continue his attempted transition to the three. As last year proved, he's a long, long ways away. He might have to play himself into a rotation spot . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM is a nice, efficient big to bring off the bench . . . Since they need shooting on the wings, rookie ROBBIE HUMMEL has a chance to crack the rotation. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC is a beast, the best offensive rebounder in the NBA. His total rebounding numbers get hurt playing alongside Kevin Love, but Pekovic will continue to bully his way to put-backs . . . GREG STIEMSMA is going to come in and do some pushing and shoving (and occasional shot-blocking) for 12-to-15 MPG.|
|UTAH: GUARDS: MO WILLIAMS will get a crack at running the point in Utah. He's more of a combo guard, but he'll do fine in an offense that revolves around the bigs . . . RANDY FOYE is a gunning combo guard who will step in as Utah's sixth man . . . ALEC BURKS started to come on late last year, making Raja Bell expendable. He'll come off the bench, but if he can start knocking down perimeter shots, he's in for a much bigger role . . . Yeah, that's right, EARL WATSON and JAMAAL TINSLEY are both still around. And they're both riding pine in Salt Lake . . . KEVIN MURPHY is a cagey scorer from tiny Tennessee Tech (no word on his Golden Tee skills). FORWARDS: PAUL MILLSAP was Utah's best all-around player last season and will be playing for a new contract. He should be able to keep his minutes despite Utah's young bigs behind him . . . GORDON HAYWARD will probably slide to the two. He has a chance for a breakout year after a strong finish to 2011-12 . . . MARVIN WILLIAMS gets a fresh start in Utah after a disappointing run in Atlanta. He figures to have a similar complementary role with the Jazz . . . DERRICK FAVORS is a long-term solution in the frontcourt. His offensive game is coming on, and he's already a far better defender than Al Jefferson . . . Slam dunk champion JEREMY EVANS and DeMARRE CARROLL will both provide energy off the bench. CENTERS: Like Millsap, AL JEFFERSON will hit free agency after the season. He's an incredibly limited player, a great scorer in the low post, but incapable of any other contributions and a huge liability on defense . . . ENES KANTER is still a few years away from a starting job. He has some rough edges to his game, but really had no problem adjusting to the physicality of the NBA.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-UTAH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Timberwolves-Jazz Preview* ===========================
By MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Minnesota (29-49) at Utah (41-38), 9:00 p.m. EDT
The Utah Jazz held the final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into their last game. They could be on the verge of postseason elimination following their next contest.
Utah will try to prevent that from happening in Friday night's home finale as it opens a stretch of two straight against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With a half-game lead over the Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth seed, the Jazz (41-38) lost for just the second time in nine games Tuesday, 90-80 to Oklahoma City. The defeat, coupled with the Lakers' victory over New Orleans that night, dropped Utah into ninth.
The Jazz are now a full game off the Lakers' pace following Los Angeles' 113-106 win at Portland on Wednesday.
"We still got a chance," point guard Mo Williams said Tuesday after leading the Jazz with 19 points and seven assists. "I'm not sitting here saying it's over. We got three games left. We've got to go get them."
If the Jazz lose Friday and Los Angeles defeats Golden State, Utah will be one loss or one Lakers win from elimination. However, a Jazz victory and a Los Angeles defeat would put Utah back in control of the race as it's won two of three head-to-head matchups.
The Jazz will try to put pressure on the Lakers, who play later Friday, with a seventh straight home win over the Timberwolves (29-49). Utah, a 106-84 winner Jan. 2 in Minnesota's only visit to Salt Lake City this season, has won nine of 11 in this series following a 97-93 victory Feb. 13.
Still, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is not overlooking the Timberwolves.
"They're not going to lay down and let us have it," he said. "... We need to go out and try to win these last three ballgames."
More offensive efficiency would help. Since averaging 108.6 points and shooting 53.0 percent during a five-game winning streak, the Jazz have scored 92.0 and shot 45.4 percent in their last four.
That kind of accuracy from the floor would be a huge improvement for Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio, who has gone 6 of 41 (14.6) during the team's 1-3 stretch. That isn't the only issue for Minnesota, which has surrendered more than 100 points in three consecutive games for the first time since a four-game stretch from Feb. 4-10.
Minnesota lost 111-95 to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, allowing them to shoot 57.1 percent while making 38.9 percent itself.
"They were pushing the ball aggressively and they got a lot of points on the fast break and playing quick," Rubio said. "We couldn't stop it ..."
The Jazz had trouble slowing down Rubio and Derrick Williams on Feb. 13, with Rubio totaling 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds and Williams scoring 24 points with a career-best 16 rebounds.
Utah has a chance to finish with 30 home wins for the first time since going 32-9 in 2009-10.
The Timberwolves, 10-29 on the road, have dropped the first two games of their trip after winning a season-best three straight away from Minneapolis. They'll host Phoenix on Saturday before the Jazz come to town.
|Last Updated: 1/29/2015 6:27:35 PM EST|