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Tonight: The 25-16 Brooklyn Nets take on the 17-21 Minnesota Timberwolves at 8:00 P.M. EST, at Target Center in Minnesota. The Nets are 11-2 since pseudointerim coach P.J. Carlesimo replaced Avery Johnson. The Timberwolves have lost six of their last seven games, with those six losses coming at an average of 12.5 points per game.
Watch & Listen: The game is broadcast on YES Network. Ian Eagle & Mike Fratello are on the call. The game is radio simulcast on WFAN, and in Spanish on WADO.
Out: The Timberwolves’ injury report resembles the New Jersey Nets of the past two years: they’re down six players, three of them full-time starters. Most notably they’re without starting frontcourt Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, but are also down Brandon Roy, Malcolm Lee, Alexey Shved, and Chase Budinger. That’s 86 combined starts between the six players.
The Nets? Clean bill.
More on tonight’s matchup after the jump:
Brooklyn Nets: Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Reggie Evans, Brook Lopez
Minnesota Timberwolves: Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, Andrei Kirilenko, Derrick Williams, Greg Stiemsma
Brooklyn Nets: 104.7 offensive rating (8th), 103.4 defensive rating (18th), 90.52 possessions per game (29th)
Minnesota Timberwolves: 99.8 offensive rating (22nd), 102.0 defensive rating (13th), 94.45 possessions per game (13th)
Three things to watch in tonight’s game
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