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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8:00 PM EST

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And here we are, the end of 2019. The Brooklyn Nets look to finish the calendar year with an above-.500 record, as they battle the icy cold Minnesota weather along with a short-handed Timberwolves team.

Brooklyn will once again be without Caris LeVert and Kyrie Irving - broken record - but LeVert seems “close,” while Irving might be many games, weeks or months away. Hey, who knows?!

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have an injured KAT and a lowly 11-20 record.

How about ending the year on a high note, yeah?

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (16-15) at Minnesota Timberwolves (11-20)

WHEN: 8:00 pm EST

WHERE: YES Network (tv), WFAN (radio)

Game Preview

If Spencer Dinwiddie is cold, then the Nets’ chances of winning are incredibly slim. Dinwiddie’s shooting has been off over the past few games, and if his shots aren’t falling, it can get ugly for Brooklyn in a hurry.

As I’m sure Kenny Atkinson can explain in great detail, life is hard when your top two scorers are out of action. For Ryan Saunders and the Wolves, if KAT and Wiggins out, they’ll have to figure out where the scoring will come from. In all likelihood, Jeff Teague will have to take on more responsibilities. Teague has never really been someone you can consistently count on to score, but desperate times call for desperate measures.

Brooklyn ought to feast on the boards tonight. Minnesota is in the bottom third of the league in rebounding, and with Towns hurting, they’ll be without one of the league’s best rebounders.

For more on the Timberwolves, check out Canis Hoopus.