Up and coming teams have a way of finishing seasons strong the year before they make the leap to being a title contender, usually knocking a few current playoff contenders down a peg on their path to relevance.
This month alone, the 23-48 T-Wolves have picked up wins over the playoff-bound Thunder and Grizzlies, and nearly beat the Warriors, the red-hot Hornets, and the Wizards. At times when veteran teams start pacing themselves to prepare for the playoffs of the off-season, Minnesota's young squad is still slamming on the gas.
That all said, the Wizards should still win this game, but they can't treat it like a walk in the park. Minnesota certainly won't, even though they have nothing to play for other than pride and development.
When - 7:00 pm EST
Where - Verizon Center in Washington DC
TV - CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio - 99.1 WNEW
Alan Anderson and Bradley Beal are both questionable for the Wizards.
Kevin Garnett and Nikola Pekovic are out for the T-Wolves.
Most Likely Wizards Killer: Gorgui Dieng
Dieng is averaging 12.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game since the All-Star break. He's done a fine job replacing what the T-Wolves have lost with Garnett and Pekovic on the shelf. If the Wizards don't treat him like a threat, he could burn them tonight.