Scouting Report | Wolves at Warriors

Mitchell Hansen
Web Editorial Associate
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9:30 p.m., Oracle Arena
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North Plus, ESPN
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO

The Minnesota Timberwolves kick off a four-game road trip beginning with a matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night in Oakland.

The Wolves enter with a record of 31-45 overall and are currently in 12th place in the Western Conference. The Warriors come in at 63-14 on the season and are 3.5 games ahead of the San Antonio Spurs for first place in the Western Conference.

A few tidbits entering Tuesday’s game:

  • The game is the second game of a back-to-back for the Wolves.
  • Minnesota comes into the game winners in three of its last four games.
  • The Warriors are currently riding an 11-game winning streak.

Coming Off Of…

Minnesota is coming off of a 110-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night in Minneapolis.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 34 points and 12 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins had 29 points to lead the Wolves. Ricky Rubio had a near triple-double with 11 points, 16 assists and seven rebounds, Brandon Rush had 12 points and seven rebounds, Gorgui Dieng had eight points and eight rebounds and Shabazz Muhammad added 11 points off the bench.

Golden State is coming off of a 139-115 win over the Washington Wizards on Sunday in Oakland.

Stephen Curry had 42 points and eight assists and Klay Thompson had 23 points and three assists to lead the Warriors. Shaun Livingston had 17 points and seven rebounds, Draymond Green had 11 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds and David West and James Michael-McAdoo each added 10 points off the bench.

Last Matchup

Golden State holds a 2-1 season series advantage over Minnesota this season. The last matchup came on March 10 in Minneapolis, when the Wolves came away with the 103-102 win.

In that game, Wiggins had 24 points and four rebounds, Towns had 23 points and nine rebounds and Rubio had 17 points and 13 assists to lead the Wolves. Dieng had 12 points and four rebounds, Muhammad had 11 points and seven rebounds and Nemanja Bjelica added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

For the Warriors, Thompson had 30 points and five rebounds and Curry had 26 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the way. Ian Clark had 10 points and four rebounds, Zaza Pachulia had nine points and Andre Iguodala added eight points.

Tuesday’s game is the fourth and final time the Wolves and Warriors will meet this season.

Key Matchup: Ricky Rubio vs. Stephen Curry

One key matchup to watch Tuesday night comes at the point guard position between Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio and Golden State’s Stephen Curry.

Rubio is having a career year in his sixth NBA season, averaging 10.9 points, nine assists, four rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.

Curry, who is in his eighth NBA season, is averaging 25.2 points, 6.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game this season.

Injuries

Golden State: Kevon Looney (hip) is questionable. Kevin Durant (knee) is out.

Minnesota: Bjelica (foot), Zach LaVine (knee) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are out.

Projected Starters

Golden State: PG – Curry, SG – Thompson, SF – McCaw, PF – Green, C – Pachulia

Minnesota: PG – Rubio, SG – Rush, SF – Wiggins, PF – Dieng, C – Towns

 

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