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Gameday Preview: Wolves vs. Thunder

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TheTimberwolves and Thunder get together tonight for an early season collision. Itwill be the nation's first look at the Wolves as they play on TNT and willstart an hour earlier than usual at 6PM.

A return home after a winless trek to Florida and the task isn't going to getany easier against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and company.

Florida Squeeze:
The Wolves went 0-2 on their most recent road trip to Orlando and Miami and arenow 5-8 on the road.

How Close Can it Get:

Kevin Durant is 16-3 in his career against the Wolves including 12 straight. Inthose 19 games, 15 have been won by 10 points or less and nearly half (8) havebeen decided by five points or less.

The Match-up:

Kevin Durant vs. Andrei Kirilenko
This is exactly why Kirilenko was brought in. To be a defensive stopper againsta top notch forward. Durant is averaging 27.31 points against the Wolves. Inhis career he is 5-7 against Andrei Kirilenko while scoring 23 points per game.

Ready for Primetime:
The game marks the first time the Wolves will play on national TV as the earlystart is part of TNT's double header.

Minnesota Ice:
Kevin Love will need to improve his shooting if the Wolves are going to upsetthe NBA's best team. Since his return he is shooting at a 35% clip 10percentage points lower than his career average.

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