Wolves string of games vs. Eastern Conference continues vs. Cleveland
6 p.m. at Cleveland FSN, 830-AM
Stretch of schedule features NBAs worst
Wolves update: The Wolves are fattening up on a favorable portion of their schedule with wins over mediocre Eastern Conference opponents in Brooklyn and Chicago. That run continues with a matchup against Cleveland, which the Wolves defeated 131-123 in their home opener Oct. 19. Jimmy Butler shot 10-for-12 and scored 33 points in that game as the Wolves pulled away from the Cavs late. The Wolves defeated the Bulls on Saturday even though Robert Covington shot 1-for-18 and Andrew Wiggins went 0-for-12. Karl-Anthony Towns helped the Wolves overcome that with 35 points and 22 rebounds. It was Towns third 30-point game of the season. He had 12 games with 30 or more last season. ... The Wolves recalled Keita Bates-Diop from Iowa. Bates-Diop is averaging 20 points in three games with Iowa.
Cavaliers update: Former Wolves forward Kevin Love wont play on Monday. He is still recovering from toe surgery he had earlier this month. Love could return in January. Guard George Hill has missed the past eight games because of an injured shoulder and as of Saturday had not been cleared for contact. The Cavaliers also have a new coach since the teams first meeting. They fired Tyronn Lue after an 0-6 start to the season and replaced him with Larry Drew, who will coach the team through the end of this season. It hasnt been pretty on the court for the Cavaliers without LeBron James. They were tied for the second-worst record in the league entering Sunday and had the leagues worst defensive rating at 113.9 points per 100 possessions.