Game Preview: Knicks at Timberwolves


The Knicks and their seven-game losing streak are headed to Minnesota for a matchup with future Knick Kevin Love and the Timberwolves.

The Wolves beat the Knicks at The Garden in just the third game of the season, back during the orange jersey fad, and before we knew what we were getting ourselves into. At the time, there were no questions about Carmelo Anthony’s desire to stay in New York, Mike Woodson’s job was safe, and the Knicks were a Derrick Rose floater away from an undefeated start.

Now, Melo has some major thinking to do this summer, Coach Woodson is a sitting duck, and the playoff situation looks more and more grim each day. Minnesota’s scenario isn’t much better, but they have still managed to stay around .500 in the rugged Western Conference and are just five game out of a playoff spot. Plus, they didn’t dump $87 million into their roster.

It’ll be impossible for the Knicks to keep All-Star and future Knick Kevin Love off the boards. Andre Drummond went off for 26 rebounds against New York on Monday and you can expect similar production from future Knick Kevin Love tonight. I’m sure future Knick Kevin Love will be bombarded with questions about his desire to play in New York throughout the day, but future Knick Kevin Love has California ties and played his college ball at UCLA. Couple that with the fact that the Los Angeles Lakers will have a bunch of cap space when he become a free agent, especially if they let Pau Gasol walks this summer, and future-Knick Kevin Love looks a lot more like a future Laker.

The one who gets everything going for the Wolves is supposed-to-be-Knick Ricky Rubio. Donnie Walsh tried his best to pry the Spaniard from Minnesota when they drafted two point guards back in 2009, but the Wolves held firm, and rightly so. Rubio is having a down year, averaging a career-low 8.8 points on 36 percent shooting, but he’s underrated by the masses defensively. His 2.4 steals per game lead the league, and his long arms and quick instincts will be a lot for the Knicks to handle, especially given how turnover prone they have been of late.

Can this be the game that the Knicks finally get things going? Will anyone help out Melo? He hasn’t hit the 30-point mark in over a week now, so hopefully everything is alright. The Timberwolves are much better at home (16-11) than they are one the road (14-18), but New York’s losing streak has to end sometime, right?

Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00. As always, TOK will have you covered.

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