Duarte vs Towns: First match between Dominicans of the season

KAT’s Timberwolves welcome Dominican rookie the Pacers into a new role at their best of the season

Winning seven of their last ten games and eighth in the Western Conference above teams like Memphis and Denver, the Minnesota Timberwolves will have the Indiana Pacers on the road at the Target Center.

The match scheduled for 8 pm ET in the United States and 9 pm in the Dominican Republic will mark the first head-to-head match between Dominicans in the campaign.

Karl Towns he has scored at least 20 points in 7 of his last 8 games and has achieved a double-double in four of them and also when it comes to off-court issues he comes from offering some interesting and empathetic statements about Joel Embiid.

“I told Embiid that I am very happy that he has overcome the Covid. We’ve had our things for a while now but that’s bigger than basketball. I’ve seen how that kills people. I am very happy that he is doing well, ”said the center from Querétaro after Saturday’s game where Minnesota defeated Philadelphia 121-120 in overtime.

On the other hand, the Indiana Pacers suffered their fourth loss at home in ten games on Sunday night, falling to the champions Milwaukee Bucks 118-100, with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals from Chris Duarte.

Although the rookie of the Pacers has been sent to the bench by manager Rick Carlisle, the move was not due to a poor performance by the Dominican, but instead seeks to have an additional offensive contribution in the second unit of the team.

The 30 minutes played by Duarte on Sunday night show that despite being in his first year, what the Puerto Plata native brings is of utmost importance for Carlisle and the Pacers.

Minnesota will host Indiana in the hope of keeping the momentum going, trying to extend its consecutive home win streak to five against the Pacers who will play their second game in two nights and are just 3-9 playing on the road.

The confrontation marks the first of seven duels that Dominican players will have in the NBA, including the figure of Al Horford and the confrontations that the Celtics will have with Pacers and Timberwolves.