The Denver Nuggets take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night, trying to start a new winning streak after their 10-game home win streak was snapped Thursday night.
In Thursday's game, Carmelo Anthony was called for a charge in the waning seconds as Argentine/Euro-flopping Manu Ginobili was said to have had position as Melo drove and hit the game-winning basket. (He did not, scroll down to see a replay of the "charge")
Speaking of Euros, Saturday's game will match up the second and third picks in the 2003 NBA draft, as second overall pick Darko Milicic will start at center for the T-Wolves. As all the sports talk radio hosts discuss Melo trade rumors, let's not forget that had the Detroit Pistons not taken a gamble on Darko, Denver might not be in this situation.
Darko isn't the reason to watch Minnesota though. Kevin Love is a superstar in the making, if not already there. He plays the kind of basketball you want out of your players, namely "hard-nosed, find the ball and do everything you're asked" ball. Love leads the NBA in rebounding with 15.6 per game. He also pitches in 20.3 points per game.
The T-Wolves leading scorer is Michael Beasley, who was deemed expendable when the Miami Heat signed the first overall pick in that 2003 NBA draft, LeBron James, to join the fourth and fifth picks in the same draft, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Also in the T-Wolves starting lineup will be rookie Wesley Johnson and veteran gaurd Luke Ridnour.
Chauncey Billups is expected to be sidelined with an injury to his wrist. Ty Lawson will start in his absence, alongside Arron Afflalo, Shelden Williams, Nene and Melo.
Tip is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Pepsi Center and can be seen on Altitude TV.