The Minnesota Timberwolves embark on a five game West Coast road trip after getting back to .500 with a 128-125 win over Utah Wednesday night at Target Center. First up on the trip is a game against Golden State, who is somehow more dangerous this year than in years past and a very difficult opponent on their home court. Fresh off an emotional win over the Jazz can the Wolves pull off an upset against the Champs?
What: Wolves @ Warriors When: 9:30 PM CT Where: Oracle Arena Where to watch: Fox Sports North Where to listen:830 AM WCCO
What to watch for:
Golden State Shooting More?: Golden State has been one of the most prolific offenses in the NBA since Steve Kerr took over as head coach but this year it seems like they have been completely unleashed. Whether it be Klay Thompson scoring 52 points in 26 minutes against Chicago (the Warriors also put up 92 points in the first half in that game) Steph Curry averaging a career high in points, or just the overall points Golden State is putting up per game they seem far more dangerous this year.
How Will Rose Encore?: Derrick Rose is coming off a sensational night against Utah, scoring a career high 50 points in a huge win against the Jazz. What will Rose do in his encore performance? It sounds like Jeff Teague may be able to play against the Warriors, so Rose will be back to leading the bench, which may limit his shot opportunities some.
Who is Healthy?: The Wolves were without Tyus Jones, Jeff Teague and Jimmy Butler (General Soreness) against Utah and still found a way to win on Wednesday. Butler is expected to play tonight, and Teague should be back as well so hopefully the Wolves will be at full strength because they will need every single player to keep up with the Warriors.
Minnesota: PG Jeff Teague, SG Andrew Wiggins, SF Jimmy Butler (General Soreness), PF Taj Gibson, C Karl-Anthony Towns
Golden State: PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Kevin Durant, PF Draymond Green, C Damian Jones
Minnesota: OUT - Justin Patton (foot) Day to Day - Jeff Teague, Tyus Jones, Jimmy Butler (General Soreness)
Golden State: OUT - DeMarcus Cousins
The Warriors are just so good. They scored 92 points in the first half against Chicago. The Warriors have scored less than 120 points twice all season. They are incredibly difficult for anyone to beat. And even though the Wolves have hung tough the last couple years it still wouldn't be enough even on their best day.
Warriors 131, Wolves 93 :(
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