First Round Foes – Why Blazers fans should want the Timberwolves
The regular season series has been COMPETITIVE and fun to watch
Each team has shown a clear home court advantage. The Blazers and the Timberwolves split the season series 2-2, with each team holding home court.
Damian Lillard has averaged 33 points against the Timberwolves at the Moda Center this season.
Jimmy Butler did miss the final two games of the series with a knee injury. Which brings us to our next point...
There’s the big question mark surrounding Jimmy Butler.
The good for the Blazers: Before Jimmy Butler’s knee injury, Minnesota looked like a team that would finish in the top four in the West. But since losing him, the T-Wolves have fallen in the standings and almost out of the playoff race.
Minnesota hopes to have Butler back before the playoffs after missing 6 weeks with a torn meniscus, and while having him back will clearly make Minnesota into a more formidable opponent, they may experience growing pains re-incorporating him into the rotation.
The bad for Portland: In the first 10 games of Butler being sidelined with the knee injury, Karl-Anthony Towns averaged 25.1 points and 12.5 rebounds, while Andrew Wiggins averaged 21 points, and shot 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from three.
Quick statistical lowdown
Point guard matchup…
Damian Lillard is averaging 26.6 points and 6.5 assists pre game this season.
Jeff Teague is averaging 13.9 points and 7.1 assists.
Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds to go along with 1.3 blocks per game this season.
Karl-Anthony Towns is averaging 20.9 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.
Key role player matchup…
Al-Farouq Aminu is averaging 9.5 points and 7.4 rebounds this season.
Andrew Wiggins is averaging 18.1 points and 4.1 rebounds.
What is the local media saying about this potential postseason matchup?
“They wouldn’t be your first choice, but if you can win a playoff series against Karl Anthony-Towns, Andrew Wiggins and a healthy Jimmy Butler, nobody can say you got a cheap series win.”
-- This is why NBCS Northwest and Rip City Radio 620 host Travis Demers would actually want to see the Blazers play the Timberwolves in the playoffs.