The Memphis Grizzlies take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center on Sunday afternoon. The Grizzlies (5-13) are going through about as rough a start to the season was likely envisioned for them in this transitional season, and they’ll enter Sunday’s contest having lost six straight games. Their most recent stumble came against the Utah Jazz, which bested them by a 103-94 margin on Friday night. Jonas Valanciunas led the way for Memphis with a 22-point, 17-rebound double-double that also included two assists and three blocks. Brandon Clarke delivered 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks managed 11 points apiece, while bringing down three and six rebounds, respectively. The Grizzlies are slated to be without Morant (back) and Kyle Anderson (heel) for Sunday’s game. Andre Iguodala (team decision) will be out as well. The Timberwolves (10-8) have been pushing the pace this season and having success more often than not with that approach. They’ll come into Sunday’s contest having won three of their past five games, with their most recent success a 113-101 triumph over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. Andrew Wiggins led the way with 26 points, complementing them with eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Karl-Anthony Towns generated a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double that also included six assists and one block. Keita Bates-Diop managed 16 points, four boards and one steal. Josh Okogie tallied 11 points and eight rebounds. Jarrett Culver and Gorgui Dieng delivered 10 points apiece, with Culver also dishing out five assists and Dieng pulling five rebounds. The Timberwolves will be without Jake Layman (toe) on Sunday. Shabazz Napier (hamstring) will be listed as questionable, while Treveon Graham (forearm) and Okogie (knee) will carry probable tags. Sunday’s game marks the second of three 2019-20 meetings between the teams. The Grizzlies hold a 1-0 series lead, having notched a 137-121 win back on Nov. 6.
December 1, 2019