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The Charlotte Hornets conclude a three-game road trip against the Minnesota Timberwolves

Charlotte will conclude a three-game road swing with a battle against the up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves.

Charlotte will look to post a winning record on its three-game road swing as the Hornets travel to Minnesota to take on the young Timberwolves at Target Center. Opening tip is set for 8 p.m. 

The Hornets opened its road trip with an emphatic 12-point win in Dallas. Charlotte led midway in the third quarter against San Antonio on Saturday before the Spurs ended the period with a 28-5 run to pull away.

The Spurs were propelled by hot three-point shooting in the third quarter  and San Antonio’s second team was completely dominant against the Hornets--keyed by Manu Ginobili’s three straight baskets from behind the arc in the decisive run.

Prior to the game Saturday, Charlotte’s second team had been an advantage for head coach Steve Clifford. San Antonio shot 73 percent in the third quarter.

With almost 72 hours since the tip of its previous game, the break between the San Antonio and Minnesota contests will be the longest so far this season for Charlotte. The Hornets travel back to the Queen City Wednesday for a quick turnaround against the New York Knicks.

In his fifth year with Charlotte, Kemba Walker has been remarkably consistent since his rookie season.

Season Games PPG APG
2012-13 82 17.7 5.7
2013-14 73 17.7 6.1
2014-15 62 17.3 5.1
2015-16 6 17.2 5.3

Charlotte Hornets Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

PG

Kemba Walker

6-1

17.2

SG

Nicolas Batum

6-8

12.5

SF

P.J. Hairston

6-6

5.2

PF

Marvin Williams

6-9

11.3

C

Al Jefferson

6-10

15.8

Minnesota improved to 4-2 with a 10-point win against Atlanta Monday. The Timberwolves took a 34-point lead and withstood a furious rally from Atlanta with less than four minutes remaining, but Minnesota held on to down the Hawks.

Andrew Wiggins led all scorers Monday night against the Hawks (33 points), his second-straight game with 30 or more points. The Timberwolves have started their season with a solid showing on the road, winning the first four contests away from the Target Center.

The T-Wolves have yet to win at home, however. After taking on Charlotte, Minnesota plays host to NBA champion Golden State Thursday.

Minnesota has a unique combination of young talent along with some wily veterans--including a familiar face in his second season back.

Kevin Garnett returned to Minnesota last season to finish his career with the team that drafted him in 1995. In his career, Garnett averages 18.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. 

Garnett was traded to Boston prior to the 2007-08 in a deal that sent draft picks and several players to the T-wolves including Al Jefferson, now a starter for Charlotte. Garnett won a NBA title in his first season with the Celtics and returned to the Finals a year later. 

While Garnett is a starter in his return to the organization where he spent his first 11 seasons, Nemanja Bjelica is getting the bulk of the minutes at power forward. He scored 11 points off the bench in the win at Atlanta and is averaging almost 30 minutes per game.

Kevin Martin had been tending to a personal matter but did play against Atlanta. Like Bjelica, he has provided punch off the bench and entered the game against the Hawks averaging 18.8 points per contest.

The Minnesota organization began play in the 1989-90 season, one year after Charlotte.

Timberwolves assistant coach Sidney Lowe, who was also the team’s head coach from 1992-94, was a member of both club’s inaugural squads.

Lowe averaged 1.6 points and 6.6 assists in 14 games with the 1988-89 Hornets. A year later, he posted 2.3 points and 4.2 assists per contest in 80 games with the T-wolves.


Minnesota Timberwolves Projected Starters

Position

Player

Height

PPG

G

Ricky Rubio

6-4

13.0

G

Andrew Wiggins

6-8

19.8

F

Tayshaun Prince

6-9

3.3

F

Kevin Garnett

6-11

2.3

C

Karl-Anthony Towns

7-0

15.5