During the offseason, the Dallas Mavericks knew they had to get someone to help shore up the paint area on defense.
That meant finding someone who could also help rebound the ball as the Western Conference is full of players that excel in this area. On Friday night, the Mavericks will face one of those rebounding threats as they travel to Minnesota to face the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Timberwolves have one of the most versatile forwards in the game in Kevin Love. Love is averaging 26.2 points per game to go with 4.4 assists. That said, the 6-foot-10 Love is more known for his rebounding abilities than anything. His 26.2 points is third in the NBA in scoring right now, but his 14.6 rebounds a game leads the league.
In his sixth season, Love has averaged at least 11 rebounds a game in all but his rookie year. That year, he had 9.1 boards. The Mavericks will have their hands full with him, but that’s why they brought in Sam Dalembert.
So far this season, Dalebert has played pretty well for the Mavericks down low. He’s averaging eight points a game and 7.6 rebounds per contest. They will need him to stay out of foul trouble against the Timberwolves. Although his backup DeJuan Blair has also been playing at a high level for Dallas since joining the team, they will have to be on top of their game in order to contain Love and keep him off the glass.