MINNEAPOLIS -- Over the last six games Minnesota power forward Kevin Love and center Nikola Pekovic have been packing a very powerful punch for the Timberwolves.
During that span Love averaged 30.7 points, 14.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists and registered a double-double in each game. For his part in the last six games, Pekovic averaged 19.4 points and 9.1 rebounds with four double-doubles.
"That's two guys that are playing huge,'' Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said after this morning's shootaround. "They get to the free throw line a lot, too, which is a problem.
"And they both generate possessions on the offensive boards, so you've got to block them out.''
The Mavs (17-13) will get an opportunity to block out Love and Pekovic when they play the Timberwolves (15-15) at 7 tonight at the Target Center. Both players have been very crucial to Minnesota's success this season.
"He's one of the few guys I've seen that can effectively space to the three-point line and still charge in there and be a real factor on the offensive glass,'' Carlisle said of Love. "Those guys are playing at a really high level and we've got to try to prevent that tonight.''
-- Dwain Price
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