Drafting Jonny Flynn and acquiring Ramon Sessions really changes the Minnesota back court. Although Flynn has been inconsistent, he seems destined for stardom. In this game, however, Steve Blake and Andre Miller, who are both starters now, will work to their strong points and dominate Sessions and Flynn.
Corey Brewer is finally getting a chance to show his potential as a member of the Timberwolves. He's always been a lanky, solid defender but his offense has picked up lately. Brewer will have the tough task of defending Brandon Roy in the Rose Garden. I like Brandon's chances here and I like Rudy's chances against Sasha Pavlovic. Although defense will be the focus for the Minnesota guards, they don't have a chance.
Martell Webster and Travis Outlaw have at times been huge for the Blazers without contributing major statistics. Martell continues to bring a ton of energy and Travis has found his stroke in the 4th quarter. Minnesota has somewhat of a carousel at small forward. I guess Ryan Gomes is one of the guys, but he is fairly inconsistent. I see our small forwards outplaying anyone 'Sota throws at them.
LaMarcus Aldridge is due for a big offensive game. Tonight is that night. With so many nonathletic bigs from the T'Wolves, LA should be able to score on the break, hit the offensive boards and get plenty of looks from all over the floor. I love LaMarcus in this contest.
Minnesota's AL Jefferson is still trying to work himself back into NBA game shape after being injured part of last season. He hasn't quite gotten his numbers back, but in the past he's put up a ton of points on the Blazers. We will keep his rebounding numbers down, and I think Greg and Joel shut him down. It's a Blazer sweep tonight!