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The Minnesota Timberwolves are giving their home crowd exactly what it was hoping to see. After three quarters it’s looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the San Antonio Spurs as Minnesota lead 93-80.
Center Karl-Anthony Towns has led the way so far for the Timberwolves, as he has 23 points and four assists along with eight rebounds. One thing to keep an eye out for is Anthony Edwards’ foul situation as he currently sits at four.
San Antonio has been relying on the performance of shooting guard Devin Vassell, who has 16 points.
San Antonio has lost 100% of the time when they were down heading into the fourth quarter this year, so this one seems just about wrapped up
San Antonio @ Minnesota
Current Records: San Antonio 4-10; Minnesota 5-9
The Minnesota Timberwolves are getting right back to it as they host the San Antonio Spurs at 8 p.m. ET Nov. 18 at Target Center. The Timberwolves should still be riding high after a win, while San Antonio will be looking to right the ship.
Minnesota beat the Sacramento Kings 107-97 on Wednesday. The top scorer for Minnesota was shooting guard Anthony Edwards (26 points).
Meanwhile, San Antonio ended up a good deal behind the Los Angeles Clippers when they played on Tuesday, losing 106-92. Small forward Doug McDermott had a pretty forgettable game, playing for 28 minutes but putting up just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.
Barring any buzzer beaters, Minnesota is expected to win a tight contest on Thursday. But bettors beware: they are only 2-4 against the spread when favored.
The Timberwolves’ victory brought them up to 5-9 while the Spurs’ loss pulled them down to 4-10. A couple stats to keep an eye on: Minnesota is worst in the league in fouls per game, with 22.9 on average. To make matters even worse for Minnesota, San Antonio comes into the contest boasting the second fewest fouls per game in the league at 17. Keep an eye on whether or not foul trouble puts Minnesota in a difficult position.
The Timberwolves are a slight 2-point favorite against the Spurs, according to the latest NBA odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 2-point spread, and stayed right there.
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San Antonio have won 14 out of their last 19 games against Minnesota.
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Sony to keep making PlayStation 4 as PS5 output hits snag – New York Post
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Sony’s plans to mass produce its new PlayStation 5 gaming console have been put on hold because of disruptions in the global supply chain — forcing the company to keep cranking out its older PS4 systems.
The Japanese tech giant had initially planned to phase out manufacturing of PS4 at the end of last year and move to a full transition to its newer consoles, according to Bloomberg. But now it is pivoting to produce as many as 1 million of the old models in 2022.
After introducing the PS5 in November 2020, supply has been scarce due to shortages in advanced chips and other commodities needed to mass produce the hardware.
This past November, Sony reduced its PS5 production outlook. Initially, it aimed to make more than 16 million units in the year ending in March, but that number was trimmed to 14.8 million.
The older PS4 is cheaper to make and uses less advanced chips and software than its successor. Released in 2013, the PS4 has sold more than 116 million units and remains popular among gamers.
The PS5, which offers more sophisticated graphics and faster loading times than the PS4, was also met with great fanfare. As of September 2021, it has sold 13.3 million total units — surpassing the 7.6 million units that the PS4 sold in its first year of availability nearly a decade ago.
Sony told assembly partners late last year that it is pivoting to manufacture more PS4 consoles this year, though a company spokesperson denied that it had planned to discontinue production altogether.
“It is one of the best-selling consoles ever and there is always crossover between generations,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg.
This past fall, Sony reported a 27% increase in sales in its gaming division for the three-month fiscal quarter that ended on Sept. 30. The firm credited the popularity of the PS5.
In total, the Japanese conglomerate’s gaming division recorded $5.7 billion in sales during the three month period starting in July. Operating income fell 21% to $727 million while the company generated $10.8 billion in revenue.
Sony isn’t the only gaming company that is relying on its older technologies to keep profits flowing during the supply chain crunch.
Last year, Nvidia, the US firm that makes processing units for gaming consoles, revived its previous generation of GTX 1050 Ti graphics cards due to the shortage in semiconductors.
While the company never officially discontinued production of the card, it was not listed for sale as recently as November 2020.
The card was first introduced in 2016, but was gradually phased out in favor of the newer 16-series cards, according to PC Gamer.
Market observers say that the supply chain crisis and chip shortages will likely last through this year.
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