Harden: 'We can't take them lightly at all'
It doesn't matter that the Timberwolves have one of the Western Conference's worst records. It doesn't matter that they are riddled with injuries. The Rockets are focusing on themselves.
Minnesota has lost nine of their last 11 games. They've lost those games by an average of almost 14 points. However, in that stretch, the T-Wolves did defeat the powerhouse Spurs 107-83.
"They still have a very good team," James Harden said. "They have a great point guard (Ricky Rubio) who controls the game and makes phenomenal passes and he's been scoring the ball pretty well lately. They've got a lot of guys, like Derrick Williams, who stepped up and averaged 18, almost a double double these last ten games. They got a lot of guys who know how to play the game. We can't take them lightly at all. We've got to come out here with the same defensive mindset and competitive nature."
Kevin McHale brought up last Sunday's loss to the Suns as an example of why the Rockets aren't focusing on anything T-Wolves related.
"They (the Suns) had 28 points off of our turnovers," McHale said. "They had 24 second-chance points. That's 52 points we gave them. We can't beat ourselves. We've got to come here ready to play regardless of who they are."
The Timberwolves have made without the likes of Kevin Love, Nikola Pekovic, and Andrei Kirilenko in the lineup for the majority of the slump.