Gameday Stats & Facts: Nov. 22 at Thunder

 

 

Posted Nov 22 2010, 12:10 p.m. CT

By Anthony LaPanta
FOXSportsNorth.com

The Wolves are trying to bounce back from a loss to the Lakers as they battle Oklahoma City tonight. Minnesota has won three of their last six, due in large part to the scoring of Michael Beasley. 

Super Scorer
Beasley on a roll

First 7 Games

  

Last 6 Games

14.7 

PPG

31.3

41.6

FG%

53.4

4-10

3FGs

10-19

1-6

W-L

3-3

 

The Wolves will need Kevin Love to bounce back.  He had turned in four solid games in a row prior to being shut out by the Lakers on Friday.

Where is the Love?
Kevin struggles vs Lakers

 

 vs LAL

 Previous 4 Gms

 Pts

 0

 24.3

 FGs

 0-7

 48.5%

 Rebs

 7

 17.8


The Wolves will have to try to find some defensive answers, which has been a problem lately.  They have allowed more than 110 points in each of their last four games.


The Need for D
Wolves struggle for stops

Last four games

Pts Allwd             111.8

Opp FG%              48.0

Opp 3FG%            44.8

W-L                       1-3


Defense has been a problem on the road all season.  The Wolves are among the worst in the NBA in road defense.


Runover on the Road
Wolves defense away from Target Center

 PPG

112.3 

(30th in NBA)

Opp FG% 

48.0 

(24th) 

3FGs 

64 

(29th) 

 3FG%

41.6 

(29th) 

W-L 

1-7

(28th)

 

They may catch a break tonight as the Thunder may be without leading scorer Kevin Durant.  However, they have managed to win the first two games they have played without him by changing their style of play.


No Durant, No Problem
Thunder gets defenseive without leading scorer


 

 

 With Durant

Without Durant 

PPG 

104.2 

85.2 

Opp PPG

105.4 

82.5

W-L 

7-4 

2-0 

 

How will his potential absence change the game tonight?  Can the Wolves find a way to take advantage and win on the road?  Find out tonight when Jim Petersen shares his knowledge on Qwest Wolves Live!!!