The New York Knicks (1-1) third game of the season will feature the Minnesota Timberwolves (2-0) coming to Madison Square Garden for a little Sunday Night Basketball. This will be a nice early season challenge for the Knicks, as the Wolves are coming off an impressive rout of the Oklahoma City Thunder, 100-81. When healthy, Minnesota is a playoff caliber team and they look to be hitting on all cylinder out of the gate.
Kevin Love is off to ridiculous start, averaging 27.5 points and 14.5 rebounds through two games and new addition Kevin Martin has blended in nicely with 16 points per game. Ricky Rubio is back and healthy, averaging 10.5 assists and 13.5 points per game. Minnesota has a solid, veteran rotation now featuring Corey Brewer (banished from the Knicks for his ability to play defense!), JJ Barea, Dante Cunningham and of course Ronny Turiaf (averaged 8 chest bumps and bench celebrations per game for the Knicks a few years back).
As for the Knicks, we’ll see which starting lineup Mike Woodson rolls with. Andrea Bargnani is off to a rough start but it wouldn’t be shocking to see him at the 4 again to start, as the Knicks try to find the best role for him. Pablo Prigioni only played 11 minutes last game, which is troubling. The Knicks simply need him out there more. Beno Udrih received a DNP while Tim Hardaway Jr received a whopping 27 minutes against the Chicago, I’d look for Udrih to get some burn and for THJ’s minutes to regress a bit.