Apr 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Phoenix Suns guard Shannon Brown (26) yells during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Suns Pummel Timberwolves, 114-90

The Suns did their thing in Minnesota, holding down the young Timberwolves and running away with the game thanks to a third quarter surge.

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Phoenix Suns Vs. Minnesota Timberwolves: TV Schedule, Lineups And More Kevin Love Love

The Minnesota Timberwolves (25-32) flirtation with being a .500 team and possible playoff participant ended with the torn ACL of Ricky Rubio. Without their Spanish rookie, the Wolves defense has suffered and the ball movement and transition offense just isn't the same. Add to that some health issue on their front line and an ankle injury to Luke Ridnour and this just isn't the same team.

That's all fine and well for the Phoenix Suns (29-27) who who have a tough week ahead of them and need to get off on the right foot with a win on Monday night. It won't be easy, however, with Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic in the game.

Love has elevated his status to elite level in the NBA and Pekovic is very difficult to handle in the paint. The two work well together and share the ball, rebound and (sometimes) defend.

Expect a high-scoring game and the Suns depth and perimeter players to make the difference.

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TV broadcast info:

The Suns game tips off at 6:00 p.m. Arizona time on Fox Sports Arizona and ESPN 2 and Arizona Sports 620 radio. Bright Side of the Sun will have the live game thread.

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