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Spurs travel up to Minnesota on the second night of a back to back to face off with the T-wolves. A game like this is a must win if San Antonio wants to climb back up the standings, but only if they want to.

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San Antonio Spurs @ Minnesota Timberwolves

Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
January 10, 2015, 7:00 PM Spurs Time
TV: FSSW - RADIO: 1200 AM WOAI

So after the Spurs finished playing the Suns last night, they had to hop on a plane and head out over 1200 miles to be in Minneapolis tonight to face off with the T-pups in freezing temperatures (-4 degrees at the writing of this). Seems reasonable. The good news for the Spurs is that Minnesota is not very good and they also played last night. Of course Milwaukee isn't quite 1200 miles away, but I digress.

The Spurs currently find themselves in unfamiliar waters, at the bottom of the playoff picture in January. It's clearly time to blow it up. Pop has lost his mojo and has now resorted to hockey tactics. Tim Duncan is playing like, Tim Kness. Manu Ginobili's bald spot is growing and doesn't look like it will be slowing down any time soon. Tony Parker is still French and has bad hammys (should this be hammies? Made up words are so hard to use grammatically correctly). This doesn't even take into account Matt Bonner.  MATT BONNER PEOPLE! I don't know where I was going with that, but it was intense.

Matty knows and he's not happy about it.

Let's be real if the Spurs want to right the ship they need to take these hapless T-wolves out behind the shed and give them a beating they'll remember for at least a week. They need to stop losing games to these lowly bottom feeders and start just winning all their games.  Why am I not a coach in the NBA?  That is about as sound a strategy as you will ever hear for success in sports. It boggles the mind how I haven't been scooped up.

So why is Minnesota so bad?  Well, they did trade their best player in the off-season, so that doesn't help. Their current best player is....hang on....I'm checking into this.....wow.  So I guess Andrew Wiggins really is their best player.  Maybe it was a guy like Ricky Rubio, but he's hurt. Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin are also hurt and they just traded Cory Brewer. So what it seems like is that the T-pups have the injury problems of the Spurs and the roster of the T-pups which makes for a 5-30 record and 14 straight losses. It could be worse people, it could be worse.

As bad as they've been, Minnesota isn't an easy out. They just pushed Phoenix to the edge earlier this week. The Suns were bailed out by a crazy Gerald Green three near the end of the game. I fully expect to get the T-wolves best shot tonight, after all they do have famous Spur-killer Mo Williams (how is he still in the league?!). So he'll probably drop 30 points tonight. Wiggins will be the key guy to shut down, he's been playing well of late and leads the team in scoring. Really if the Spurs just play a focused game on both ends I don't see any way the T-wolves can hang with San Antonio.

VS

Minnesota Timberwolves (5-30)

San Antonio Spurs (22-15)

January 10, 2015

Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

7:00 PM CDT

TV: FSSW

Radio: WOAI 1200AM

Starters

Zach LaVine

PG

Tony Parker

Andrew Wiggins

SG

Danny Green

Thaddeus Young

SF

Marco Belinelli

Shabazz Muhammad

PF

Tiago Splitter

Gorgui Dieng

C

Tim Duncan


For the T-pups' perspective, please visit Canis Hoopus.

Game prediction: Spurs by 12.

As always Tony must dominate Fisher, and you can get your San Antonio Spurs tickets from Daniel Farias with Spurs Sports & Entertainment: Tel: 210-444-5607 | dfarias@attcenter.com