Leonard and George are still the basis of the teams success, how their performance affects the teams prospects. As team leaders, they need to drive the team with outstanding performance. Leonard averaged 27 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the season. Although he had only 14 points against the heat, he still had 7 rebounds and 9 assists to create opportunities for his teammates with passing. When he meets the Timberwolves, Leonard will continue to drive the team with full performance.
George scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists against the heat, and he also activated the team with a pass. In the past three games, Georges attacking state has obviously recovered, and he and Leonard form a good complementarity. When he met the Timberwolves, George worked hard to stay in shape. He wanted to activate the team. At the end of the trading day, the clippers have successfully replaced Morris, which has strengthened the teams front line. Morris, Luwei and Harrell will all be good helpers around George and Leonard, and their offensive firepower will become stronger.
The Clippers also bought Thomas on the closing day of the trade. His arrival made the team have an extra point of control in the backcourt and enhanced the attack power in the backcourt. If Thomas can get back to his former form, he will be a threat to the team.
The Timberwolves are in a bad situation. They have been defeated 13 times in a row, ranking only higher than the warriors in the West. Home and Clippers meet, Timberwolves want to fight for a rebound, they want to try to find the winning feeling.
Perhaps dissatisfied with the teams performance, Timberwolves is the team with the biggest change in the lineup on the trade deadline, with seven new players coming, most notably Russell. Russell and Downes are both Rookies of 2015. They have a good personal relationship and have been looking forward to playing together. As the first two rookies in 2015, they joined forces in Minnesota, and they dont know what kind of sparks they can rub together.
Russell averaged 23.6 points and 6.2 assists in the season. He did well in the nets last season, but his debut in Minnesota depends on the trade. Downes averaged 26.7 points and 10.8 rebounds in the season. As the most dangerous attack point of the team, he wanted to show dominance on the court and make more trouble for the Clippers internal line. Okogi and Colvey will definitely get more opportunities in the team. They need to help Downes and Russell on the field. Bisley, Johnson, Hernan Gomez and so on have good strength, they will bring vitality to the team.
The clippers have won Timberwolves twice in a row this season. On February 2, the Clippers won 118-106 at home; on December 14, 2019, the Clippers won 124-117 at home. The clippers have won the Timberwolves three times in a row, and the last five games have won four. In Minnesota, the clippers have won twice in a row. Before that, they lost to Timberwolves four times in a row.
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