While the Minnesota Timberwolves have enjoyed some early success without their two top players, the Indiana Pacers continue to struggle offensively minus injured star Danny Granger.
The Timberwolves look to win three in a row by handing the visiting Pacers a third consecutive defeat Friday night.
Even with star Kevin Love sidelined for at least six weeks with a broken right hand and Ricky Rubio recovering from a torn ACL, Minnesota (3-1) is off to a solid start thanks to some quality depth and strong defensive play. Luke Ridnour scored 19 points to lead five Minnesota players in double figures in Wednesday's 90-75 win over Orlando.
Though the Timberwolves don't boast the league's most intimidating offense - scoring more than 92 points once - they have four players averaging at least 11.0, led by third-year forward Nikola Pekovic (14.0). Derrick Williams added 14 on Wednesday as Minnesota used a 28-6 run to break things open.
While the offense has been balanced, it...