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Open Thread and Contest: Game 54

Regular Season Game 54
Wizards (31-22) at Timberwolves (25-30)
Target Center
3:30 PM
None (thanks ABC)

Previous Results: Wizards 112, Timberwolves 100.  

Pretty much everything from the last Timberwolves game preview applies, but a couple additional points:

  • Minnesota is really struggling, having lost all three since the all-star break.  It seems like this happens every year.  They stay in contention until the all-star break, then fall apart.  Then again, it's probably just because I have a short memory.
  • After failing in his attempt to intimidate Andray Blatche with words, a part of me sees Kevin Garnett absolutely dominating.  Then I remember that Garnett, for all his talent, is too passive and on the wrong team.  Still, I wouldn't put it past him to really try extra hard to show up Blatche.  At least until Eddie puts in Michael Ruffin in crunch time.
  • Even when they haven't been very good, Minnesota has been a strong home team.  They had a winning record at home last year despite only going 33-49, and they're also over .500 at the Target Center this year.  The Wizards, as we all know, haven't been a good road team since the 70s, and haven't been all that great this year.

Your lines for this afternoon:

Wizards at Timberwolves: Timberwolves by 4.
Over/Under on Big 2: 49.7 points.

This is an open game thread, so if anyone wants to try to narrow down Kevin McHale's 5 worst moves as GM, put it here.