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Gamethread: Suns at Timberwolves

Your guide, preview and game thread for tonight when the Suns travel to the freezing cold to take on the Timberwolves.

Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves will try to slow down Goran Dragic and the Suns tonight.
Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves will try to slow down Goran Dragic and the Suns tonight.
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NBA Gamethreads at Sonics Rising are back!

Tonight, the Phoenix Suns (20-13) hit the road to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves (17-17). Here's what you need to know:

Time: 9:30 PM eastern, 6:30 PM pacific

Watch on: ESPN

Venue: The Target Center, Minneapolis, MN

Probable Starters:

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Goran Dragic PG Ricky Rubio
Gerald Green SG Kevin Martin
P.J. Tucker SF Cory Brewer
Channing Frye PF Kevin Love
Miles Plumlee C Nikola Pekovic

Injuries: For the Suns, star point guard Eric Bledsoe is out with a knee injury, former Terp Alex Len is day-to-day with an ankle injury, and Emeka Okafor is also still out with a herniated disk. For the T-Pups, Chase Budinger is still sidelined after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee while Luc Richard Mbah a Mouté in questionable with a groin injury.

The last time these teams met: Ricky Rubio had a double-double (24 points, 10 assists) as the Wolves won at home last April, 105-93.

Story: The Timberwolves continue this first half of the season's tough schedule as they take on the Suns. The Timberwolves At 17-17, the Wolves have handled the tough schedule well so far and if they can get to February above .500 they will be in good shape to make a run at the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Suns are playing better than many expected and head coach Jeff Hornacek has this team over achieving and playing at a fast pace. Without Bledsoe though, they'll have a tough time defending both Rubio and Martin on the perimeter. The Suns may have a tough time defending in the paint as well with "The Buffet of Goodness" (Frye) having to defend either Love or Pekovic. The Suns three-game winning streak looks to be in danger tonight playing their second game of a back-to-back.

Stat you didn't know: The rebirth of Gerald Green has been special. Green has scored 20+ points eight times this season. In 2006-07, he had 15 such games. The Suns have won five straight games in which he scores 20+ points.

Prediction: The Suns put up a good fight in a high scoring affair, but the Timberwolves outlast the tired and banged up Suns.

Suns: 101; Timberwolves 114