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Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves, Game 2 preview and listings

MINNEAPOLIS — The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to bounce back after a season-opening loss, as they continue their road trip against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. 

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Target Center

TV: FoxSports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100 AM; WMMS 100.7 FM, La Mega 87.7 FM.

Online: FoxSports Go apps

Last meeting: The Cavs won 140-138 in overtime, as former Cavalier LeBron James hit the game-winning jumper on Feb. 7, 2018. 

Cavs minute: Cleveland lost its opener against the Toronto Raptors, 116-104, on Wednesday night. … Five players (Kevin Love, Cedi Osman, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and George Hill) reached double figures in the loss. … Osman recorded his first career double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. … The Cavs hold a 7-1 record against Minnesota since the 2014-15 season, outscoring them by an average of 10.0 points. … Kyle Korver is 30 points away from reaching 11,000 for his career. … JR Smith (573 made 3-pointers) is six triples shy of moving past Daniel Gibson (578 3FGM) for 5th place in the team’s record book. Smith missed the opener with right elbow soreness. He is not listed on the injury report. … Larry Nance Jr. (sprained ankle) is also off the injury report after being sidelined for the preseason finale and Wednesday’s game against the Raptors. … Love spent six seasons with the Timberwolves before a blockbuster trade brought him to Cleveland in 2014. In five games against his old team, Love is averaging 13.6 points — his lowest against any NBA opponent — and 8.8 rebounds in 31.6 minutes. 

Timberwolves minute: Minnesota, a playoff team last season, is coming off a four-point loss against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. … Friday night marks the Timberwolves’ home opener. They have won two straight home openers and 19 of the last 23. … The Wolves returned all five starters from last season’s opener, the first time in franchise history they’ve repeated an Opening Night quintet. … Jeff Teague led the Wolves in scoring on Wednesday, tallying 27 points, while Jimmy Butler added 23 and Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 20 — becoming the first trio of Wolves to reach 20-plus points in a season opener since 1997. … Wiggins, drafted first-overall by the Cavaliers in 2014 before being sent to Minnesota in the Love blockbuster, has tormented Cleveland during his career. In eight games against the Cavs, Wiggins is averaging 27.9 points on 54.6 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from 3-point range. 

Probable starters:


F Kevin Love

F Cedi Osman

C Tristan Thompson

G Rodney Hood

G George Hill


F Taj Gibson

F Andrew Wiggins

C Karl-Anthony Towns

G Jimmy Butler

G Jeff Teague

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