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Minnesota Timberwolves vs Charlotte Hornets: Injury Report, Predicted Lineups and Starting 5s - November 26, 2021 | NBA Season 2021-22

The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to extend their season-best five-game winning run when they play the Charlotte Hornets on Friday at the Spectrum Center. [Photo: At The Hive]
The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to extend their season-best five-game winning run when they play the Charlotte Hornets on Friday at the Spectrum Center. [Photo: At The Hive]
ANALYST

The Minnesota Timberwolves are playing their best basketball of the season, heading into a Friday matchup at the Charlotte Hornets in the Spectrum Center. Minnesota’s five-game winning run is predicated on their defense, and they’ll need that element to be in top shape against the Hornets, who are also on a roll, having won seven of their past eight games.

Anthony Edwards had a monster game, with 33 points and 14 rebounds and six assists in the Timberwolves' 113-101 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Meanwhile, although Karl-Anthony Towns did not have his usual numbers (11 points, six rebounds, four assists) because of early foul trouble, he was invaluable in the crucial stages of the game for Minnesota (9-9) because of his defense.

Charlotte (12-8) regained its stride after a five-game losing skid cooled its 5-2 start. Although the Hornets can be splashy on offense, their defense has also underpinned the surge in their past eight games. Charlotte's defensive rating of 103.9 was third in the league in that span.

Terry Rozier's 27 PTS, 6 STL help the @hornets win in Orlando! https://t.co/TyPH4huXbO

The matchup between the Timberwolves and the Hornets will be a game between two athletic and talented teams that put a premium on defense.


Minnesota Timberwolves Injury Report

The Timberwolves have a fairly healthy roster except for Patrick Beverly (adductor) and Josh Okogie (back). Beverly has been ruled out, and Okogie is questionable.

Player:Status:Reason:
Beverley, Patrick Out Injury/Illness - Left Adductor; Strain
Okogie, Josh Questionable Injury/Illness - Back; Spasms

Charlotte Hornets Injury Report

Mason Plumlee is the only significant name on the Hornets’ injury list. The rest of the names on the list have been assigned to the G-League.

Player:Status:Reason:
Carey Jr., VernonOutG League - On Assignment
Kulboka, ArnoldasOutG League - Two-Way
Lewis, Scottie Out G League - Two-Way
Plumlee, Mason Questionable Injury/Illness - Right Calf; Strain
Thor, JT Out G League - On Assignment

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Charlotte Hornets:

Predicted Lineups

Minnesota Timberwolves

Without Beverly, Malik Beasley could start in his place at shooting guard. D’Angelo Russell will resume his play-calling duties.

Anthony Edwards really sent his defender into another dimension 💥(@StateFarm) https://t.co/53cOdtkNVt

The forwards will continue to be Edwards and Jarred Vanderbilt. Towns, a two-time All-Star, will carry on with his regular starting center role.


Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets are must-see TV with their fancy passes and rim-rattling dunks.[Photo: Swarm and Sting]
The Charlotte Hornets are must-see TV with their fancy passes and rim-rattling dunks.[Photo: Swarm and Sting]

Coach James Borrego could roll out a small ball unit if Mason Plumlee is not cleared to play. P.J. Washington could take his place. LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier will form the Hornets’ fast and athletic backcourt.

The much-improved Miles Bridges will play power forward alongside former All-Star Gordon Hayward as the small forward.


Minnesota Timberwolves vs Charlotte Hornets:

Starting fives

Minnesota Timberwolves

Point Guard - D’Angelo Russell | Shooting Guard - Malik Beasley | Small Forward - Anthony Edwards | Power Forward - Jarred Vanderbilt | Center - Karl-Anthony Towns

Charlotte Hornets

Point Guard - LaMelo Ball | Shooting Guard - Terry Rozier | Small Forward - Gordon Hayward | Power Forward - Miles Bridges | Center - P.J. Washington


Edited by Joseph Schiefelbein
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