The Cleveland Cavaliers started the season 0-6 before winning their first game against the Atlanta Hawks. Since then, they have posted a 4-8 record, hoping for their third straight victory as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, are 5-2 since trading away four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler. They are also looking to grab a third consecutive victory.
The Cavaliers and the Timberwolves have played each other a grand total of 56 times as the Cavaliers won 36 games while the Minnesota team pulled 20 victories. This battle between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Minnesota Timberwolves will mark the second and final time that these two ball clubs will meet up with each other. The last time they saw each other was on October 19 when the Timberwolves defeated the Cavaliers, 131-123. Jimmy Butler finished that game with thirty-three points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals, and two blocks while Kevin Love had twenty-five points, nineteen rebounds, and seven assists.
-Jerryd Bayless (knee)
-Luol Deng (coach’s decision; 2.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 0.0 APG, 22.2 FG%, 0.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-James Nunnally (coach’s decision; 2.7 PPG, 0.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 41.7 FG%, 28.6 3P%, 100.0 FT%)
-Josh Okogie (coach’s decision; 7.5 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 36.9 FG%, 26.7 3P%, 78.3 FT%)
-Anthony Tolliver (coach’s decision; 5.2 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 43.1 FG%, 40.4 3P%, 58.3 FT%)
-Jared Terrell (G-League; 4.0 PPG, 1.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, 12.5 FG%, 50.0 3P%, 50.0 FT%)
-C.J. Williams (G-League)
-Keita Bates-Diop (2.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.0 APG, 25.0 FG%, 0.0 3P%)
-Sam Dekker (ankle; 6.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.0 APG, 45.8 FG%, 38.5 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-George Hill (coach’s decision; 12.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 3.0 APG, 55.6 FG%, 48.0 3P%, 87.5 FT%)
-Kevin Love (toe; 19.0 PPG, 13.5 RPG, 3.5 APG, 32.3 FG%, 29.2 3P%, 81.8 FT%)
-Channing Frye (coach’s decision; 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.0 3P%)
-J.R. Smith (personal; 6.7 PPG, 1.6 RPG, 1.9 APG, 34.2 FG%, 30.8 3P%, 80.0 FT%)
-David Nwaba (knee; 6.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.6 APG, 42.4 FG%, 22.7 3P%, 67.6 FT%)
-Billy Preston (G-League)
The game would be held close at the beginning as the Cavaliers shot forty-four percent from the field while the Timberwolves shot forty-six percent. Rodney Hood ended up scoring thirteen points which included a three-pointer late in the second quarter. Tristan Thompson helped out with ten points while pulling down nine rebounds. Rookie Collin Sexton saw to it that he got eight points while shooting forty-four percent from the field. Kyle Korver played the most minutes off the bench as he had eight points which included two three-pointers in the second period.
On the other end of the court, Robert Covington chalked up thirteen points while shooting seventy-one percent from the field. He had two three-pointers while grabbing three defensive rebounds. Karl-Anthony Towns also had thirteen points which included two three-pointers in the first quarter. Towns was able to get his hands of five defensive rebounds while Andrew Wiggins was limited to just four points. Former Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose played twelve minutes off the bench but was kept to just two points as the Minnesota team went into halftime with a 54 to 47 lead.
The event would continue to be kept close as the Timberwolves shot forty-eight percent from the field in the second half while the Cavaliers shot thirty-nine percent. Covington continued to add to his scoring total as he put up eleven more points, hitting two three-pointers in the process. Derrick Rose scored ten points off the bench while Wiggins had seven points. Korver got hot for fourteen points but it wouldn’t matter as the Minnesota Timberwolves escaped with a 102-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Robert Covington finished the game with a season-high twenty-four points, along with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, and two blocks while Kyle Korver had a season-high twenty-two points, along with two rebounds and two assists.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will travel to Texas to take on DeMar DeRozan (24.9 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 6.3 APG, 48.7 FG%, 20.0 3P%) and the San Antonio Spurs (9-10) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. This will mark the second of four times that these two ball clubs will meet up this season. The last time they clashed with each other was during the season opener on October 17 as the Spurs crept away with a 112-108 win. During that game, DeMar DeRozan scored twenty-eight points, pulled down four rebounds, and gave out four assists while Jeff Teague had twenty-seven points, one rebound, four assists, and two steals.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will head to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to battle Paul George (24.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 4.4 APG, 41.1 FG%, 35.2 3P%) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (12-7) on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. This will be the second and final time that the Cavaliers and the Thunder fight each other during this season. The last time that these two teams met up was on November 7 as the Thunder handed the Cavaliers a 95 to 86 loss. Dennis Schroder finished the game with twenty-eight points, seven rebounds, one steal, and one block while Collin Sexton had fifteen points, two rebounds, one assist, and one block.