Today the Detroit Pistons (10-5) visit the Target Center to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (10-5) at 7pm EST / 4pm PST.
The Wolves grinded out a hard win against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, bouncing back from a 13-point third-quarter deficit. The Wolves made a season-high 13 shots from behind the arc.
Wolves coach, Tom Thibodeau, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune after Friday’s comeback that,
“We knew we played poorly in the first half,” and that “The second half, the biggest adjustment wasn’t schematic. It was intensity, us bringing the right intensity to the game. And once we did that, it changed.”
In the off-season, the Wolves added a variety of fire power in Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Jamal Crawford, and Taj Gibson and it is paying instant dividends. With Butler in the starting lineup the Wolves are 10-3 and the Wolves have the fifth highest offensive rating in the NBA (110.2).
Earlier this season, on October 25th, the Pistons defeated the Wolves 122-101 but Butler did not play. Tobias Harris scored 34 points and Andre Drummond posted a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.
The Pistons have lost two straight to Milwaukee Bucks and the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers loss, in particular, was unacceptable after they were up 22 points. Pistons’ Harris commented,
“That’s a game we should’ve won,” and “It’s disappointing. In the locker room, everyone’s upset.”
In order for the Pistons to win today, they must come out strong offensively. If not, the more talented Wolves team may take the lead and never look back.