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Game Thread: Mavericks (45-17) at Timberwolves (15-49)

WHO: The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Dallas Mavericks

WHAT: They may be the worst in the league, but we all know that means nothing.

WHERE: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

WHEN: 7:00pm CT


THE STORY: Kevin Love is really, really good at basketball. It's a shame he's on the Timberwolves. The Mavericks need this win, mostly because that was a soul-crushing loss to the Grizzlies last night. And because the T-wolves should not, in this universe, beat the Mavericks. I vote that we make an effort to NOT blow another big lead tonight. Who's with me? Read the links below the jump, and take the pups at Canis Hoopus for a walk.

Mavericks-Timberwolves Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Almost under the radar considering they're not even leading their own division, the Dallas Mavericks had won 18 of 19 games before a last-second loss. Even playing for the woeful Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love hasn't been able to sneak up on anyone. Love can tie Moses Malone's post-merger record for consecutive double-doubles at 51 Monday night against the visiting Mavericks, who look to bounce back by beating Minnesota for a 17th time in 18 tries.

Inside Report: Mavericks-Timberwolves preview — Mavs look to rebound against Love, T-Wolves
A grueling 82-game NBA schedule can often serve as both a gift and a curse over the course of a season. But with the Mavericks in the midst of one of their toughest stretches on the schedule, they hope to come out saying that they’re battle-tested, while other teams would limp out of the month of March with a sense of defeat.

Mavs blow 17-point lead, see win streak end after improbable late shot
There was extra electricity in American Airlines Center air Sunday night, little of it, initially, being supplied by the visiting Memphis Grizzlies. As fans filed into the arena, the Lakers completed a lopsided win over San Antonio, temporarily drawing Dallas within four games in the loss column of the Western Conference-leading Spur

Dallas Mavericks Blog: Brewer, Lakers and CP3
Corey Brewer packed no bitterness for his trip back to Minnesota. "It’s always good to go back to Minnesota, especially to go get a win," said Brewer, who was traded by the Timberwolves to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal before receiving a buyout and signing with the Mavericks. Brewer’s tenure in Minnesota didn’t quite go as he hoped after being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft. The Timberwolves never came close to sniffing the playoffs during Brewer’s tenure in the Twin Cities.