Just last night after their win over the LA Clippers, the Nuggets jetted off to Minneapolis so that they could face Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The last time that we faced this team, we took the last minute W, 105-103. Let me just help you relive those glorious final 27 seconds with an excerpt from that post game.
Nuggets fans, both in the Pepsi Center and at home, all sat at the edge of their seats in the final 27 seconds of the game when Danilo Gallinari made a 14-foot bank off of the glass to give us the 2 point lead. After Gallo’s shot, the Timberwolves took a full time out. Fast forward to 8.8 seconds left in the game when Wilson Chandler blocked Andrew Wiggin’s layup, giving Gary Harris the defensive rebound. Harris threw the ball backcourt and Zach LaVine retrieved it before attempting a three point shot—a shot that could have given the game a very different outcome. Instead, LaVine missed the shot from downtown and the Nuggets (and everyone in attendance) left the Pepsi Center as happy as could be.
The Nuggets are currently leading the season series 2-0 (both of them have been close games at 105-103 and 102-99). Personally, this is always a game that I’m very excited to see. Both teams have young big men who are leading their teams to have their successes. Tonight, the Nuggets will not have Emmanuel Mudiay due to back soreness and it’s questionable as to if we will have Gary Harris back tonight. The T-Wolvess will also be without their starting guard, as Ricky Rubio is out for personal reasons.
“We have so many weapons. We’ve been using them the right way, the right time.” -Danilo Gallinari
The Nuggets look to use those weapons to take a W over this division opponent and raise the season series to 3-0. The Nuggets are 8-13 on the road while the Timberwolves are 9-13 at home, giving them a very good chance to come home with another win.
Nuggets Stats: Timberwolves Stats:
FG%: 46.1 FG%: 45.8
RPG: 46.7 RPG: 43
APG: 24.1 APG: 22.8
Last 10: 4-6 Last 10: 4.6
Keys to the game, courtesy of @SeanMEnglish:
- With Mudiay out, the Nuggets need big minutes from Jameer Nelson
- Although the Nuggets rank third in offensive rebounding, Minnesota is right there at sixth. Whoever controls the glass and limits the other team to one shot has the best chance to win.
- Finally, the showdown between Nikola Jokic and Karl-Anthony Towns. Whoever wins this battle will come out on to. Just last night, Jokic was under DeAndre Jordan’s skin and definitely in his head. Will Jokic get to KAT?
Danilo Gallinari (ankle) probable
Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable
Gary Harris (ankle) questionable
Emmanuel Mudiay (back) OUT
Ricky Rubio (personal) OUT