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Live Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7:30 PM EST

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Minnesota Timberwolves David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets are home again, and in tow is another shiny, new toy: LaMarcus Aldridge. How ‘bout them Nets?

Aldridge won’t be in the lineup on Monday night, though, as the Nets welcome in the Wolves. However, back running the point for these Nets is Kyrie Irving, who missed a few games to welcome the birth of his child.

The Timberwolves are angling for the top pick in this summer’s draft, but be forewarned: these Wolves the Nets are playing Monday night aren’t your grandfather’s Wolves [that is, if you grandfather started rooting for the Wolves earlier this season - before Anthony Edwards was very good, while KAT was injured, and while Malik Beasley was suspended. Those Wolves were bad-bad; these Wolves are just...fine].

So, don’t sleep on the Wolves, but maybe don’t lose sleep over the Wolves. Ya know?

We’ll be on Clubhouse postgame - so join us LIVE!

WHO: Brooklyn Nets (31-15) vs. Minnesota Timberwolves (11-35)


WHERE: YES (tv), WFAN (radio)

Game Preview.

The Nets roster is starting to look like Roc-A-Fella’s roster circa 2003. Everyone you ever remember that was dope is on the team and putting an album out. And the newest Net to get their Roc chain is LaMarcus Aldridge! Aldridge comes over from the San Antonio Spurs after five and a half mostly good seasons there. He won’t be playing tonight, but he’ll debut soon and the team will look to figure out how best to utilize him and what his role will be.

While we wait for Aldridge to get here, the center trio of Blake Griffin, Nicolas Claxton, and DeAndre Jordan will man the middle for Steve Nash and friends. Griffin is gaining more strength by the game and his ability to initiate offense from the high post is a nice wrinkle in the offense and his passing makes the Nets even more difficult to defend. With another quality big in town, this might mean Claxton’s minutes will start to decline. That would be a shame as he’s been in a great groove for the past month and his ability on defense could come in handy come playoff time. It won’t be easy, but it would help Claxton’s growth a great deal if he got to match up with Towns tonight. Iron sharpens iron and going up against one of the game’s best will do him some good.

For more on the Wolves, check out: Canis Hoopus.