2-on-3: Previewing Timberwolves @ Hornets

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Published: January 13, 2012

Mason and I preview tonight’s game against the Timberwolves.

Kaman should make a big impact tonight against the Minnesota frontcourt.

1. Which matchup most favors the Timberwolves?

Mason: Small forward. The second that I heard Beasley wouldn’t be making the trip to New Orleans, my mind was made up. The difference in value to the team between him and his replacement(s) is much greater than the disparity between any single T-Wolves/Hornets positional matchup. (After reading my player power rankings on Sunday, did you really expect anything different?)

Joe: Point guard. Rubio and Ridnour are step ahead of Jack, Squeaky, and Vasquez.

2. Which matchup most favors the Hornets?

Mason: Center. Whether it’s Oak or Kaman in the middle, both should have a large edge over Darko or whover the T-Wolves throw out there. If Love sees a decent amount of minutes at C (I still can’t figure out why he doesn’t just start there instead of PF), then the Hornets’ matchup edge simply switches to the position that he isn’t playing.

Joe: After Kevin Love, the Wolves front court gets bad pretty fast. Williams will be a nice player one day, but not yet. Hornets can win this battle handily if they don’t let Love go off.

3. Care to make some predictions about the game?

Mason: Kaman and Oak work their tails off down low, and Love is held to a season-low rebound total (anything below 12 qualifies). Hornets win 92-85.

Joe: Vasquez and Rubio will bang heads on more than one occasion. Should be a fun battle to watch. Hornets should be able to get a W tonight.

10 Comments

  1. Jason Calmes

    January 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Check out Mason with the cross-promotion cross-over.

    Aaaaand swish.

    New guy got skills…

    • Mason Ginsberg

      January 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      What can I say? I’ve been working pretty hard on my step-back fadeaway. I’m working on teaching it to Landry for him to add to his arsenal of scoring moves.

    • cloud520

      January 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      I know this is slightly off topic, but thanks for the tickets!

      • Jason Calmes

        January 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

        I can’t believe you would say such a thing.

        Just a little something for the reader, and a way we can all be ‘In’.

  2. Jason Calmes

    January 13, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Anyone want the pair for tonight?

    • Cloud520

      January 13, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Already going, or I would take you up on it again! haha

    • bee dat

      January 13, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I would take them if they’re still available

      • Jason Calmes

        January 13, 2012 at 7:19 pm

        Sorry . . . I had left work . . . missed this . . .

        Monday?

        I can send the ones for tonight if you want to go now!

      • bee dat

        January 13, 2012 at 10:02 pm

        No sweat, actually had my own seats (painful! No way should theere have been a 34_14 ft discrepancy), was going too bringfriends (I haven’t met u but believe we sit in the same row bout 6 or 7 seats removed). I won’t hold u to it but yes, if you’re not using your tix Monday, I don’t have any for that game and would tske u up on it.

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