Lillard looks to extend his amazing run against T-wolves
A quick look back
The Trail Blazers are coming off a 116-99 win over the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night as Portland continues its playoff push.
The Blazers never trailed vs. Sacramento, and Portland got out to a quick 8-0 start. The Trail Blazers finished the night with a season-high 20 fast break points.
For the month of February, Lillard averaged 31.4 points (a new monthly average career high and franchise career high). He set the franchise record in highest scoring average for any month in team history after scoring his first 17 of 26 points on Tuesday night.
The Blazers are now a season-high nine games over .500, which is the best overall record Portland has had at this point in a season in the past three years.
Minnesota has won two straight with a 122-104 home win over the Bulls last Saturday and a 118-100 win over the Kings on Monday night in Sacramento. Karl Anthony-Towns had 26 points in Monday’s victory.
Portland is looking to even the season series on Thursday night in the Blazers and Timberwolves fourth and final meeting of the season.
In the last meeting, Minnesota just barely got by Portland. It was a 108-107 T-Wolves victory behind Jimmy Butler’s 37 points and his two made free throws with 2.5 seconds left in the game. Off the bench for the Timberwolves, Jamal Crawford scored a season-high 23 points, which included 16 points in the 4th quarter.
The Trail Blazers are not reporting any injuries for Thursday’s contest vs. the Timberwolves.
As for Minnesota, Jimmy Butter is out of the lineup after he underwent successful knee surgery on February 25th. Butler is reportedly expected to return in four-to six weeks just in time for the postseason.
The Blazers (35-26) have now won four in a row and currently sit in the 5th spot in the Western Conference standings (as of Wednesday afternoon) after having the best record the Blazers have had in the Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum era.
Portland is 1 game back of the San Antonio Spurs for the fourth place in the West.
Before Wednesday’s games in the association tipped-off, Minnesota is in the third slot in the standings with their 38-26 record.
Where: Moda Center, Portland OR
Television: NBCS Northwest
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