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The Indiana Pacers head to Minnesota’s Target Center to play the sandwich game of their three-game road trip Tuesday against the Timberwolves.
Pacers leading scorer Victor Oladipo (22.3 points per game) didn’t deny he’s amped up for Wednesday’s tilt against his former squad, the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he told Pacers Insider Cliff Brown that he and his teammates won’t be looking past the Timberwolves, who will be looking for their third straight win while hoping to send Indiana to its third straight defeat.
Here are three things to know about Pacers (1-2) at Timberwolves (2-1).
Due to the salary cap, basketball tends to be a cyclical sport. The Indiana Pacers are firmly in the middle of a cycle. They will not be great this season, but will not be terrible, either. Sitting at 1-2 after a close defeat to the Miami Heat last time out, expectations are tempered in Indianapolis, as they seem content to let their young talent win or lose in their development.
Minnesota, on the other hand, are at the peak of their own cycle. After years of disappointing seasons and asset grabbing, the Timberwolves now have a lineup capable of putting serious points on even the best teams in the league. At 2-1 after a highly impressive clutch victory over their star-studded fellow contenders the Oklahoma City Thunder the other night, Tom Thibodeau’s T-Wolves are a force to be reckoned with in this league.
Officials missed two calls at the end of Sunday’s Timberwolves-Thunder game that would have prevented Andrew Wiggins’ game-winning shot, according to the Last Two Minute Report.
The first call that the refs missed was when Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau tried calling a timeout after Carmelo Anthony hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 4.7 seconds left in the game. Minnesota had no timeouts remaining, and Thibodeau gesturing for a timeout should have been a technical foul. Thibodeau was behind the official when he tried to call the timeout, so the official did not see him, and by the time he could, Thibodeau was no longer gesturing for a timeout, but was waving his players up court.