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The Minnesota Timberwolves host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night in the final home game of the 2016-17 season.
Minnesota comes into the game with a record of 31-49, while Oklahoma City enters at 46-34 overall.
The Thunder will be without a few important pieces during the game. Russell Westbrook (rest), Taj Gibson (rest), Andre Roberson (knee) and Doug McDermott (knee) are all listed as out.
“Nothing really changes for us. We still want to play our identity. We still have an opportunity here today,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said after shootaround Tuesday morning. “Obviously, as it relates to the playoffs and who we’re playing, that’s already set up. But we can still work on playing well. . . We are playing against a team that is really talented and gifted.”
Westbrook, coming off of breaking Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a season, will be out for the first game all year. The MVP candidate Westbrook, who is averaging 31.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists this season, started in all 80 games so far this year.
“He’s played 80 games. He’s been unbelievable the way he’s played and the way he’s led,” Donovan said. “This was a game where sitting down and talking to him, this was an opportunity and maybe he could capitalize on taking a game off.”
The Wolves and Thunder square off at 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Target Center. The game will be aired on Fox Sports North, NBATV and 830 WCCO.