TIMBERWOLVES AT BOBCATS, 7:30 P.M. ET

TV: League Pass

  • Charlotte enters tonight’s game riding a 16-game home losing streak. That is the longest in team history and three shy of the NBA mark of 19 set by Dallas during the 1993-94 season. Minnesota’s play leaves a lot be desired as well with the Timberwolves having lost eight of the last nine. This will be the second meeting this year between the two teams. Charlotte won the first matchup 89-87 on Nov. 14 in the Twin Cities. The Bobcats are winners of nine of the last 12 in this series with the Timberwolves winning just two of eight meetings in Charlotte.
  • Minnesota is suffering through a spate of injuries. Their starting center Kevin Love continues to be sidelined with a broken hand while center Nikola Pekovic is out with a right thigh contusion. Also listed as out on the injured list for the game against Charlotte is Chase Budinger (meniscus tear, left knee), Malcolm Lee (right knee/right hip surgery), Brandon Roy (right knee surgery) and Alexey Shved (sprained left ankle).
  • Minnesota guard Ricky Rubio has been back five games after missing most of the last year after knee surgery. Rubio has averaged 5.1 assists and 4.2 points since his return and will be matched up against the exciting and flashy Kemba Walker. The Bobcats second-year guard is leading the team in both scoring (17.7 ppg) and assists (5.7 apg).
  • The Bobcats seem on their way to a fully-healthy roster. Charlotte with be without Byron Mullens again with a severe left ankle sprain. Mullens has been out of the lineup since December 22, but is expected to return to the lineup during the Bobcats’ five-game road swing which starts in Chicago Monday.
  • Terry Porter will be filling in for coach Rick Adelman for the 11th straight game. Adelman has been away from the team since January 7 to be with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness.
  • Jose Barea will be used tonight as normal said Porter. Barea bruised his quad last night but no restrictions tonight.

– Derek Smith

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