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Old 12-19-2006, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Wolves Daily (Dec. 20) - facing Lakers tonight, Jaric shooting well, more

Wolves vs. Lakers
TONIGHT, 7 p.m.
Target Center - Minneapolis
Tonight the Timberwolves (10-11) will face the Lakers (16-8 entering play Tuesday night) for the second time this season. While Los Angeles won the first meeting 95-88, Minnesota has won consecutive games against the Lakers at Target Center. Entering the Lakers game in Chicago on Tuesday, Los Angeles has a 3-4 road record this year and the Wolves will counter with their 6-3 home record.

The Timberwolves are currently averaging 93.0 points-per-game (26th in the NBA) and the Lakers are fifth in the league with an average of 104.0 points. The Lakers are shooting 47.9 percent (third best in the NBA) from the field to reach those 104.0 points and the Timberwolves are also in the top ten in field goal percentage with a 46.9 percentage (ninth). On the defensive end, Minnesota allows 93.2 points each night (sixth in the league) while Los Angeles is giving up 100.7 points - 24th in the league. Opponents are shooting 44.1 percent against the Wolves (fifth in the NBA) and the Lakers allow teams to shoot 46.9 percent from the field (25th).

Tonight's Broadcast
Catch tonight's game against the Lakers on FSN North and the radio home of the Wolves, BOB 106 (106.1 FM).

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The Timberwolves Marko Jaric is shooting the ball better than ever this season. Through roughly one quarter of the season, Jaric is hitting 47.5 percent of his field goals (47-99), 45.5 percent of his three-point attempts (10-22) and 76.7 percent of his free throws (23-30). All of those percentages are better than his career averages entering this season (40.0, 33.3 and 72.1, respectively) and they would all be career highs. His previous bests in each category were 41.4, 37.1 and 75.2.

Heating Up
Over their last six games, the Wolves have been shooting 48.7 percent (223-459), which is two percentage points over their season average of 46.7 percent. In those six contests, Minnesota has made more than 50 percent of their shots in three games and outshot their opponents in five of the six games - resulting in four Wolves wins. If the Wolves were to shot 48.7 percent for the season, they would rank second in the league with that figure (they're currently ninth at 46.9 percent).
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:07 AM   #2
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This should be a great game. The Lakers are coming off a tough loss against the Bulls, so I am looking forward to this game. Let's go, Timberwolves!!!
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Man, we should have won that game. We just could not stop the Lakers. Especially when the Lakers went on a run of 29-12 without Kobe on the floor???
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Man, we should have won that game. We just could not stop the Lakers. Especially when the Lakers went on a run of 29-12 without Kobe on the floor???
They played the worst possible ball they could of played. Take it to the rack for god sake. It's the fourth and you have to be agressive and get inside. Then they're a minute late on getting KG on the floor when they usually put him in around 8 minutes not 7. That **** cost us 6 points I think. But if Ricky starts playing better, we could put together huge strings of wins if he could play like we want him to.
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They played the worst possible ball they could of played. Take it to the rack for god sake. It's the fourth and you have to be agressive and get inside. Then they're a minute late on getting KG on the floor when they usually put him in around 8 minutes not 7. That **** cost us 6 points I think. But if Ricky starts playing better, we could put together huge strings of wins if he could play like we want him to.


I don't understand Ricky. One or may two games, the kid is on -fire!! Hitting shots here and there. Rebounding and playing tight defense, stuff we need to win. The next 4-5 games, he is playing like he forgot how to play. Can't shoot. Can't play defense. Can't rebound. It is just confusing as all heck. I wish we would have kept Wally.
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