Feb 23, 2014;Portland, OR, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) grabs a rebound against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns host Minnesota Timberwolves


While the game against Houston didn’t go as it should have with Dwight Howard’s lane violation, Phoenix can redeem themselves if they can come out with a victory as the Suns host Minnesota.

This game actually could mean much more than just one win or loss on the schedule. There have been whispers Love could want out of Minnesota, and there is no disputing the lack of success in Minnesota in recent years. If the Suns can blowout the Timberwolves, showing how much better the grass is on this side of the hill, while showing how fun it could be to be apart of this close-knit team, they could lure Love to the desert.

But that’s only a small part of tonight.

The main goal is to earn a win.

Key Matchup:

Kevin Love versus Channing Frye. This power forward matchup will be crucial. How will Frye be able to defend Lowe’s triple offensive threat? He’ll have to keep Love from shooting uncontested threes, getting pushed around in the block, or getting too many offensive rebounds and putbacks. We’ll have to see Love can get out on Frye at the three-point line.

What the Suns offense needs to focus on:

Phoenix really needs to keep the ball moving, making that extra pass. Dragic should be able to eat Ricky Rubio alive in the point guard matchup. He could even go for 40+ points and beat his career-high 36 points from last game. Also, without Pekovic down low, Plumlee needs to dominate.

What the Suns defense needs to watch out for:

Don’t let Rubio carve up the defense with his dribble penetration, dropping off for easy baskets. Try to limit Kevin Lowe’s impact as much as possible, especially on the offensive boards.

Prediction:

Suns win 118-102

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