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Blazers look to maintain momentum vs. Timberwolves

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Minnesota Timberwolves at Portland Trail Blazers

  1. Minnesota has won consecutive games against Portland, including a 116-111 road victory earlier this season. The T-Wolves have not won three straight against the Blazers since a six-game streak that ended in the 2005-06 season.
  2. Sunday, Minnesota defeated Brooklyn, 136-125, the T-Wolves 10th game in the last two seasons with 135+ points (tied with the Bucks for most in the NBA). Prior to last season, the T-Wolves had eight games with at least 135 points in their first 31 years of existence.
  3. Six different T-Wolves made at least six field goals against the Nets, with Anthony Edwards leading the way (eight). Minnesota had not had a game with that many players making that many shots since the 2002-03 season.
  4. The Blazers have won six of their last eight games, winning the six games by an average of 8.2 points and losing the two games by an average of 22.0 points. Prior to its current run, Portland had gone 4-14 since Thanksgiving.
  5. CJ McCollum scored 19 points to go along with a season-high 10 rebounds in Portland's 114-105 win over Toronto on Sunday. It was McCollum's first game with double-digit rebounds since the 2018-19 season.
  6. Anthony Edwards has scored at least 20 points in all four of his games against the Blazers. Another 20-point game would make Edwards the second T-Wolve to score 20 or more points in each of his first five career games against a single Western Conference opponent (Andrew Wiggins with six straight against the Kings).

CJ McCollum's return to the lineup has provided an instant spark for the Portland Trail Blazers, who face the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

In four games since returning from a collapsed right lung, McCollum is averaging 20.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists on 50 percent shooting.

The veteran guard had 19 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday's 114-105 win over the Toronto Raptors as Portland finished a six-game road trip at 4-2.

"I thought it was an excellent trip," Trail Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. "You come out and do six games and we played some very quality teams on this trip, and won four games. And we know our road woes this year. It's been tough to come by some wins. It was an incredible trip for us. I'm so proud of our guys. We're just becoming a real unit. I'm really happy about that."

After going 2-11 in December, the Trail Blazers are 7-4 this month. They'll look to maintain their momentum against Minnesota, which has won seven of its last 10.

Anthony Edwards scored 25 points, D'Angelo Russell had 23 points and 10 assists and Karl-Anthony Towns also scored 23 points in Sunday's 136-125 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Minnesota also received strong contributions from their bench as Jaylen Nowell scored 16 points and Taurean Prince added 15. Starter Jaden McDaniels had 14 points.

"We showed everything," Russell said. "Rebounded solid. Made our free throws. Made shots. We could have rebounded better. We followed the game plan and saw the result. This was a great win for us. We did everything we were supposed to do."

Edwards made his 300th career 3-pointer before exiting the game in the fourth quarter after knocking knees with a Nets player. Coach Chris Finch said he expects Edwards to play against Portland.

The Wolves are also monitoring the status of guard Patrick Beverley, who missed Sunday's game with a right ankle sprain and is listed as day-to-day.

Minnesota ended an eight-game losing streak in Portland with a 116-111 win over the Blazers on Dec. 12. Towns led the Wolves with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Forward Jarred Vanderbilt had 14 points and eight rebounds in the first meeting against Portland and continues to impress Finch, who often has the fourth-year pro guarding the opponent's best players.

"You can't quantify the added value that he brings because his teammates just feel comfortable that if I miss this shot, there's a really good chance Vando gets it back for us," Finch said. "It gives you confidence when you have a team on the ropes and Vando comes up with a loose ball or the offensive rebound or the big steal to give you that extra surge just at the right moment to put the team away."

Vanderbilt faces a tough matchup against Portland center Jusuf Nurkic, who recorded his 21st double-double of the season on Sunday with 11 points and 11 rebounds against Toronto.

Nurkic has been on a tear since missing just over a week of action at the end of December while in COVID-19 protocol, averaging 17.2 points and 13.4 rebounds in 11 games this month.

Nurkic's production has been a welcome boost for a Portland team that is missing Damian Lillard (core muscle surgery recovery), Norman Powell (personal reasons), Larry Nance Jr. (knee) and Cody Zeller (knee).

--Field Level Media

Updated January 24, 2022

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