|SPURS||Manu Ginobili 18.9||Tim Duncan 9.4||Tony Parker 6.9|
|WOLVES||Michael Beasley 21.8||Kevin Love 15.6||Luke Ridnour 5.5|
San Antonio (30-6) holds the league’s best record but has struggled in both matchups this season against the Timberwolves.
The Spurs were down by 11 at the end of the third quarter of an eventual 113-109 overtime victory last November 24, and trailed by 15 entering the final period of a 107-101 win on December 3.
The Timberwolves (9-28) are seeking to avoid a fourth consecutive loss. After blowing an eight-point lead with less than three minutes remaining in a 108-105 overtime loss to undermanned Charlotte last Wednesday, the Timberwolves trailed by as many as 24 before losing 108-98 to Portland last Friday night.
While the Timberwolves continue to falter, Kevin Love hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. He had 30 points and 19 rebounds versus the Trail Blazers for his 23rd consecutive double-double.
Love is averaging 28.5 points and 20.0 boards in the season series with the Spurs this year. Defensive specialist Corey Brewer is likely to make his fourth start for the Wolves. He leads the team with 1.6 steals per game.
The Timberwolves haven’t won in San Antonio since Jan. 14, 2004, a 100-93 victory in which Duncan had 36 points and 20 rebounds in a losing effort. Another thing going for the Spurs is they are a veteran team that has confidence and knows what is takes to win ball games.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Defense — The Spurs must contain the Wolves’ inside game, limiting Beasley and Kevin Love on offensive end and controlling the rebounds will be the key.
Offense — Their offense starts with Beasley and Love but It will be important for them to get their inside game going, otherwise it will be a long night for the struggling Wolves.
Defense — Defend the Spurs’ dribble penetrations and kick outs, cover the Spurs’ outside shooters and pound the ball on the inside. Entering this game the Wolves leads the league in the rebounding department.
Spurs — James Anderson – stress fracture (out)
Wolves — Martell Webster – back (day-to-day), Anthony Tolliver – knee (day-to-day)
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