Minnesota might have a mediocre record of 12-26, but they are the hottest team in the Western Conference as they have won six of their last seven games, including a victory at the Phoenix Suns and the only loss coming at home to the Heat of Miami.
The Timberwolves are being propelled by the recent good play of rookie forward Kevin Love, who is averaging an impressive 12.1/11 in just over 23 minutes a game.
“For a 20-year-old kid, that guy rebounds the ball at such a high level it’s ridiculous,” McHale said. “I keep forgetting he’s 20 at times.”
The Clippers are coming off a victory over the Bucks, ending a 12-game skid, but they also lost All-Star hopeful Marcus Camby due to a sprained ankle. Luckily, Marcus might not miss much time as his injury isn't serious and he is said to be day-to-day.
“It’s just kind of the way that the season is going for us,” Dunleavy said. “The good news is, it’s not as bad as it looked like when I first went out there.”
So, who wins the Monday matinee game at the Staples Center? It's no easy task to predict it, but with the injury problems the Clippers face, and the Wolves coming off a huge win in Phoenix, the Wolves should have the upper edge, but look for rookie Eric Gordon to explode for a huge game.