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Fast-Break Preview: Chicago Bulls versus Minnesota Timberwolves (Nov. 7)

Game 7: Chicago Bulls (4-2) versus Minnesota Timberwolves (2-2)


Location: United Center – Chicago
Time: 5:00 p.m. central
TV: WGN Chicago, Fox Sports North Plus


Quick Take

The Bulls are ending off their week at home with a matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Timberwolves will be playing in just their fifth game while Saturday’s game will be the Bulls’ seventh one of the season thus far. Both teams played on Thursday, though, so they’ll have the same amount of rest coming into the game.


Matchup of the Game

The Bulls backcourt versus Kevin Martin
Martin is the Timberwolves’ leading scorer with 18.8 points in 28.0 minutes per game, and he does this coming off the bench. That’s right; he’s outplaying the younger starting shooting guard Andrew Wiggins. The weird thing about that, though, is he hasn’t even been the leading scorer for any of the four games the Timberwolves have played in.
At 6-foot-7, Martin has good size for a shooting guard, so the Bulls will need to match him up with a player that, at the least, is around his size. This means it wouldn’t be strange for Jimmy Butler to get extended minutes with the bench players so he can cover Martin. But this could also very well result in head coach Fred Hoiberg making Tony Snell come off the bench — like he did in Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Looking Back

The Bulls are coming off a 104-98 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. The Bulls took control of the game in the second quarter, heading into halftime with a 57-50 lead. Later on, in the fourth quarter, the Bulls had a 10-point lead, but the Thunder held on to tie the game at 90 with a pair of free throws from Enes Kanter at the 5:07 mark. Derrick Rose turned the game back in the Bulls’ favor by scoring 10 of their last 14 points and assisting on the remaining four.
The Timberwolves also played Thursday night, taking a 96-84 loss to the Miami Heat. They trailed for the majority of the game with their last lead being a 33-32 lead they held in the latter end of the second quarter. From there, the Timberwolves’ grew into a double-digit one, and they couldn’t make a comeback.


Last Time They Met

Oct. 10: Bulls defeat Timberwolves 114-105 (Preseason)
The Bulls and Timberwolves traveled to Winnipeg, Manitoba for a preseason game, and the Bulls came away with the 114-105 win. But what’s important to remember about this particular game is it was a preseason game, so while Saturday’s game may also end in victory, the path they take care will likely be different than the one they took during preseason — especially considering the fact Derrick Rose didn’t play.


Who’s Out

No official word has been given on whether Kirk Hinrich will sit out the game against the Timberwolves. He sat out the past three games with a toe issue, and, per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, he will likely miss Saturday’s matchup.
Stay tuned to The Bulls Charge for further updates.




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