NBA Basketball

Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Phoenix 25 24 26 41 116
Minnesota 35 29 28 29 121
5:00 PM PT6:00 PM MT7:00 PM CT8:00 PM ET1:00 GMT9:00 6:00 PM MST8:00 PM EST5:00 UAE (+1)02:0020:00 ET7:00 PM CTNaN:� , January 13, 2023
Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota  Attendance: 16,460

Wolves look to rebound defensively vs. Suns

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Phoenix Suns at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The Suns have won six straight games vs. Minnesota and nine of the last 10, including a pair of wins this season back in early November.
  2. The Suns lost at Denver on Wednesday, 126-97, their fifth time being held under 100 points in their last six games. Phoenix was held under 100 points just four times in the first 37 games of the season.
  3. Torrey Craig led all Suns with 16 points against Denver on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting. That is his second-most made field goals without missing in a game in his career (8-for-8 on March 16, 2022 at Houston).
  4. The Timberwolves are 6-3 at home since the start of December, averaging 120.3 points on 51.7 percent shooting, the fourth-best home field-goal percentage in that span. The Wolves will play 11 of their next 14 games at home.
  5. D'Angelo Russell scored 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three. Russell is currently averaging career highs in field-goal percentage (.459) and free-throw percentage (.856). He is shooting 93.0 percent from the line since December 1, fourth best in the NBA (minimum 50 FTA).
  6. The Timberwolves will look to get out to an early lead, as they average 30.5 points per game in the first quarter, fourth most in the NBA. The Suns average just 27.1 first-quarter points, second fewest in the league (Indiana, 26.3).

The Minnesota Timberwolves hope to locate their defense on Friday when they open a three-game homestand against the injury-riddled Phoenix Suns in Minneapolis.

The Timberwolves saw a four-game winning streak go by the boards against another short-handed team in the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons had their way with Minnesota on the offensive end Wednesday, much to the chagrin of Timberwolves coach Chris Finch.

"There was zero defensive impact all night," Finch said following the 135-118 setback. "We didn't do anything to make them uncomfortable. They put 135 on the board, had at least 31 points in every quarter, and shot 60 percent from the floor and (53.1) percent on 3s."

The Suns also gave the scoreboard operator a bit of a workout in the first two games of the season series. Phoenix posted a 116-107 win over Minnesota on Nov. 1 and a 129-117 victory eight days later.

Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert collected 25 points and 11 rebounds in the game on Nov. 9. Although he had 16 and 14, respectively, on Wednesday, Gobert was left searching for answers.

"After that first stretch, we have a team that's just straight up playing harder than the other," Gobert said, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "They're communicating harder, running harder and they're more physical than us. Why is that? That's what we have to figure out."

Minnesota may have another thing to figure out, and that's the health of Anthony Edwards. The former top overall pick initially was ruled out for the game in the third quarter with hip soreness before he returned in the fourth.

"I played the very game right after (sustaining the injury)," Edwards said, per the Star Tribune. "I guess I just got to play every game from here on out no matter how it feels. I'll figure it out."

Phoenix is struggling to figure things out after the club fell for the 10th time in 12 outings following a 126-97 setback against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

Torrey Craig scored 16 points and Josh Okogie added 14 off the bench for the Suns, who played without Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain), Landry Shamet (right hip soreness), Chris Paul (sore right hip), Cameron Payne (right foot sprain), Devin Booker (left groin strain) and Cam Johnson (torn right meniscus).

Despite the injuries, Phoenix coach Monty Williams said he feels confident that the team can record positive results on its four-game road trip. The Suns opened the trek with a 125-113 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday before falling flat against Denver.

"Every time we've put a game plan together, I feel like we can win the game," Williams said. "... We saw it (Tuesday) night. We played against a championship squad and we beat them on their home floor, so that should tell you anything can happen.

"So, I feel confident about this trip. I know we have guys out. Do we have to play at a high, high level and be really efficient? Absolutely, but we can, and that's what I believe we'll do."

--Field Level Media

Updated January 12, 2023

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