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MINNESOTA (27 - 28) at PORTLAND (37 - 18)
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MINNESOTA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games27-28-12.629-2626-27105.754.943.8%54.8101.650.546.6%50.3
Road Games11-17-816-1215-12105.155.243.5%54.3103.751.948.2%50.1
Last 5 Games3-2+1.43-22-2108.256.845.5%56.2101.850.244.4%51.2
Division Games6-7-3.57-69-4108.957.446.0%54.9104.148.845.6%50.9
MINNESOTA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)105.754.938-8843.8%8-2234.5%21-2777.9%551323189134
vs opponents surrendering100.650.438-8345.0%7-2135.3%18-2475.1%521122218145
Team Stats (Road Games)105.155.238-8843.5%8-2335.6%20-2677.7%541323179134
Stats Against (All Games)101.650.540-8546.6%8-2135.8%15-1976.5%501022238166
vs opponents averaging100.950.538-8345.4%8-2135.9%18-2375.6%511122218145
Stats Against (Road Games)103.751.941-8648.2%8-2136.7%13-1875.4%501125228156

PORTLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games37-18+6.229-2634-21107.853.445.1%54.2103.752.645.9%50.7
Home Games20-7+0.412-1516-11107.352.745.4%54.1101.751.045.8%49.5
Last 5 Games2-3-1.72-33-2108.053.245.1%51.6107.050.048.0%50.2
Division Games9-3+7.67-55-7108.553.744.9%53.7102.053.844.4%53.6
PORTLAND Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)107.853.440-8845.1%9-2537.9%19-2382.0%541324196135
vs opponents surrendering100.350.237-8345.0%8-2135.5%18-2475.2%511122218145
Team Stats (Home Games)107.352.740-8845.4%9-2437.3%19-2282.9%541324176145
Stats Against (All Games)103.752.640-8745.9%6-1736.7%17-2277.2%511120218124
vs opponents averaging100.950.738-8345.3%8-2135.6%18-2475.2%521121218145
Stats Against (Home Games)101.751.040-8845.8%6-1737.1%15-1977.9%491120218123
Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.3,  PORTLAND 96.6
MINNESOTA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/17/2014@ TORONTO89-94L1L205U36-8243.9%511034-7843.6%5011
1/21/2014@ UTAH112-97W-5.5W202.5O41-9045.6%51841-8747.1%4813
1/24/2014@ GOLDEN STATE121-120W3.5W211O47-9450.0%551249-8955.1%4414
1/25/2014@ PORTLAND104-115L7L219.5U38-8942.7%471046-9548.4%6112
1/27/2014@ CHICAGO95-86W-4.5W197U34-7346.6%481432-8537.6%5013
1/29/2014NEW ORLEANS88-77W-10.5W203U33-8240.2%571329-8235.4%5813
2/1/2014@ ATLANTA113-120L3L208O37-8444.0%531743-9246.7%5413
2/4/2014LA LAKERS109-99W-10.5L217U37-8344.6%651333-7941.8%4116
2/5/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY97-106L12.5W198.5O37-7847.4%441444-9148.4%5316
2/7/2014@ NEW ORLEANS91-98L-1L198.5U28-7537.3%561539-8148.1%4312
2/22/2014@ UTAH121-104W-4.5W196.5O43-8451.2%611137-7946.8%408
2/23/2014@ PORTLAND              
2/25/2014@ PHOENIX              
3/1/2014@ SACRAMENTO              
3/3/2014@ DENVER              
3/5/2014NEW YORK              

PORTLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/17/2014@ SAN ANTONIO109-100W5.5W213U41-8647.7%511138-8445.2%4512
1/18/2014@ DALLAS127-111W-2W215.5O46-9051.1%601542-9046.7%398
1/20/2014@ HOUSTON113-126L2L219O44-9745.4%481145-8652.3%5518
1/21/2014@ OKLAHOMA CITY97-105L6L215U40-8646.5%52942-8748.3%517
1/26/2014@ GOLDEN STATE88-103L6.5L216.5U28-8333.7%651438-9141.8%549
2/3/2014@ WASHINGTON90-100L1L208.5U37-8145.7%491637-8444.0%466
2/5/2014@ NEW YORK94-90W-2.5W207U30-7938.0%621436-9040.0%549
2/7/2014@ INDIANA113-118L6W197.5O45-10443.3%601342-9245.7%5912
2/8/2014@ MINNESOTA117-110W-4W204O40-8248.8%551340-9741.2%6212
2/11/2014OKLAHOMA CITY95-98L-1L211U32-8537.6%521740-8348.2%4816
2/12/2014@ LA CLIPPERS117-122L9W217.5O43-8451.2%431646-7958.2%408
2/19/2014SAN ANTONIO109-111L-3L209.5O42-9345.2%591443-8848.9%4914
2/25/2014@ DENVER              
3/3/2014LA LAKERS              
3/7/2014@ DALLAS              
3/9/2014@ HOUSTON              
3/11/2014@ MEMPHIS              
MINNESOTA: GUARDS: Unlike last year, RICKY RUBIO should be 100 percent healthy for all of this season. He's one of the NBA's most creative playmakers. Now if only he could make a jump shot . . . KEVIN MARTIN has become much more of a catch-and-shoot player after years of attacking the basket and living at the line. He is coming off his best year shooting the ball . . . If the Wolves don't move J.J. BAREA, they'll have him in the sixth man role they initially envisioned before injuries destroyed the roster a year ago . . . ALEXEY SHVED did a nice job holding down this backcourt as a rookie last year, but he's a second-unit talent, which is the role he'll be in this season. FORWARDS: KEVIN LOVE should bounce back completely this season, as his hand injury is unlikely to linger. Lock him into the All-Star game . . . CHASE BUDINGER never got a chance to get going last season, but he's exactly the kind of spot-up shooter and savvy cutter who should thrive alongside Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, he is sidelined with a knee injury for several months . . . COREY BREWER gives the Timberwolves a defensive specialist to platoon with Budinger. Someone has to convince him he can't shoot, though . . . With Love back, DERRICK WILLIAMS returns to the bench as a seemingly never-ending project . . . SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD seems like a low-risk, but low-reward, second-unit scorer . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM will back up both post spots. He figures to play sparingly unless injuries hit. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC signed a $60M deal in August to return to the team and hold down the low post. He's an absolute beast on the offensive boards . . . GORGUI DIENG seems ready to help off the bench. He's a bit limited athletically and on offense, but can block shots . . . RONNY TURIAF will battle Dieng for bench minutes.
PORTLAND: GUARDS: DAMIAN LILLARD is for real, an elite shooter and a natural running the pick-and-roll. Though we're a little worried about what will happen if pick-and-pop partner LaMarcus Aldridge is dealt sometime this season . . . WESLEY MATTHEWS will be battling for playing time with Portland loading up on wings . . . C.J. MCCOLLUM can play either guard spot, but primarily he's a scorer and a potentially elite shooter. He is, however, out a few months with a foot fracture. . . MO WILLIAMS will provide the Blazers with a veteran guard presence who is more than capable of lighting it up on any given night. He is, however, a major defensive liability'If he straightens out his jumper, WILL BARTON could end up being a solid second-unit player . . . EARL WATSON gives them a much more reliable back-up point guard than Ronnie Price was . . . Sharpshooter ALLEN CRABBE will likely find himself in the D-League early on. FORWARDS: LAMARCUS ALDRIDGE's name will be in trade rumors all season, but it won't affect his role as this team's No. 1 option . . . NICOLAS BATUM will continue to do a little bit of everything, playing point forward to allow Lillard to play off the ball at times, and serving as a dangerous three-point shooter . . . DORELL WRIGHT can lock opponents down when he wants to. He'll push Wesley Matthews for minutes . . . Portland will be the next team to try to squeeze production out of 2012 No. 5 pick THOMAS ROBINSON. After Sacramento and Houston both gave up on him almost immediately, Robinson in danger of falling off the NBA map . . . VICTOR CLAVER provides some energy as a second-unit bit player . . . JOEL FREELAND has six fouls to give. CENTERS: ROBIN LOPEZ will be a better fit alongside Aldridge than J.J. Hickson was. Lopez isn't skilled, but he can take some defensive responsibilities away from Aldridge . . . MEYERS LEONARD is, as expected, still a work in progress. He's enormous and there's some raw talent, but he too often looks lost.
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*Timberwolves-Trail Blazers Preview* ====================================


Minnesota (26-28) at Portland (37-18), 9:00 p.m. EDT

At Minnesota two weeks ago, LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland past a Timberwolves team missing its top three scorers.

In Sunday night's rematch in Portland, the Trail Blazers will not only be without Aldridge but will also have to figure out a way to slow down Kevin Love.

Portland looks to continue its dominance over the Timberwolves, who are riding a three-game win streak behind Love's sensational play.

Aldridge leads Portland with averages of 23.9 points and 11.4 rebounds, but he's expected to miss a third straight game with a nagging groin injury.

Damian Lillard has been picking up the scoring slack for the Trail Blazers (37-18), losers of seven of 11. The All-Star guard had 31 points in a 111-109 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday, but his 28 spurred a 102-94 victory over Utah two days later.

"I definitely feel like there's times I have to assert myself," said Lillard, second on the team with 21.0 points per game. "When you're going through a tough stretch, it's hard to get back on track sometimes. This win will get us back on track."

Facing Minnesota (27-28) may also help.

The Blazers have won 23 of the past 26 meetings with the Timberwolves, taking 15 of 16 at home following a 115-104 victory Jan. 25. They beat them on the road 117-110 on Feb. 8 behind Aldridge's 26 points and nine rebounds.

This time, however, Portland will have to contend with Love, who has missed four of the past six meetings due to injuries, including the one earlier this month.

The All-Star forward is averaging 34.6 points with 14.9 rebounds in seven games this month. He is averaging 37.0 points on 58.1 percent shooting in the last three contests for Minnesota, which is seeking its first four-game win streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.

Love recorded his first career triple-double Saturday with 37 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 121-104 win over the Jazz in the opener of a five-game road trip.

"I thought at some point it would happen. I've been very close. Happy it was tonight and more happy we got the win," Love said. "This is one I'll definitely remember."

The Timberwolves were also without Kevin Martin (19.0 ppg) and Nikola Pekovic (18.0 ppg) against Portland two weeks ago, but Pekovic may be back for this one. The center, who has missed the last 11 games with a bruised ankle, has totaled 53 points and 20 rebounds in two meetings with the Trail Blazers this season.

Portland's Wesley Matthews had 21 points in the last meeting, giving him an average of 20.3 over his last seven matchups. The forward is coming off a 24-point performance against Utah.

Robin Lopez had a career-high 18 rebounds while adding 12 points against the Jazz. The center is averaging 12.7 points and 12.8 rebounds in six games, but he missed 5 of 6 field goals to finish with seven points and 11 boards against Minnesota earlier this month.

Lillard scored 14 points in each of the last two meetings with Minnesota, making 8 of 27 from the floor overall. He had been averaging 25.8 points on 54.4 percent shooting over his first five matchups.

Last Updated: 5/22/2018 10:53:54 AM EST

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