|Last 5 Games||2-3||-0.1||2-3||2-3||100.8||53.2||43.7%||51.8||101.8||47.6||48.4%||52.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||106.5||55.1||39-87||44.4%||7-21||34.0%||22-28||77.8%||54||13||24||18||9||13||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.2||50.7||38-83||45.3%||8-21||35.9%||18-24||75.5%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||105.5||54.9||38-88||43.7%||8-23||34.3%||21-27||77.2%||53||13||23||18||9||13||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||103.5||51.3||40-85||47.1%||8-22||36.5%||15-20||75.3%||51||11||23||23||8||16||5|
|vs opponents averaging||101.5||50.8||38-83||45.6%||8-22||36.2%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||106.1||52.9||42-87||48.6%||8-22||37.1%||14-18||74.6%||51||11||25||23||8||16||6|
|Last 5 Games||3-2||-6.5||4-1||2-3||112.0||57.6||49.1%||52.4||97.0||41.8||40.9%||56.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||103.8||52.9||39-85||46.1%||9-25||38.0%||16-21||75.5%||53||11||23||22||8||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.2||50.6||38-83||45.5%||8-21||36.0%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||104.1||53.2||40-85||46.5%||9-24||37.8%||16-20||78.1%||53||11||24||21||8||15||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||99.0||50.5||37-84||43.5%||7-20||34.3%||19-24||76.4%||51||11||20||19||8||14||4|
|vs opponents averaging||101.4||50.7||38-83||45.6%||8-21||36.2%||18-24||75.8%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||96.7||48.7||36-84||42.8%||7-21||33.0%||18-24||75.3%||51||11||20||19||8||14||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 96.1, GOLDEN STATE 95.9|
|4/14/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/12/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||98-111||L||7||L||211||U||36-82||43.9%||47||12||43-88||48.9%||58||10|
|4/2/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||90-111||L||10||L||200||O||36-85||42.4%||36||13||44-83||53.0%||55||13|
|4/11/2014||@ LA LAKERS||112-95||W||-9.5||W||222||U||45-92||48.9%||60||17||35-89||39.3%||49||15|
|4/14/2014||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ DENVER|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MINNESOTA: GUARDS: Unlike last year, RICKY RUBIO should be 100 percent healthy for all of this season. He's one of the NBA's most creative playmakers. Now if only he could make a jump shot . . . KEVIN MARTIN has become much more of a catch-and-shoot player after years of attacking the basket and living at the line. He is coming off his best year shooting the ball . . . If the Wolves don't move J.J. BAREA, they'll have him in the sixth man role they initially envisioned before injuries destroyed the roster a year ago . . . ALEXEY SHVED did a nice job holding down this backcourt as a rookie last year, but he's a second-unit talent, which is the role he'll be in this season. FORWARDS: KEVIN LOVE should bounce back completely this season, as his hand injury is unlikely to linger. Lock him into the All-Star game . . . CHASE BUDINGER never got a chance to get going last season, but he's exactly the kind of spot-up shooter and savvy cutter who should thrive alongside Ricky Rubio. Unfortunately, he is sidelined with a knee injury for several months . . . COREY BREWER gives the Timberwolves a defensive specialist to platoon with Budinger. Someone has to convince him he can't shoot, though . . . With Love back, DERRICK WILLIAMS returns to the bench as a seemingly never-ending project . . . SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD seems like a low-risk, but low-reward, second-unit scorer . . . DANTE CUNNINGHAM will back up both post spots. He figures to play sparingly unless injuries hit. CENTERS: NIKOLA PEKOVIC signed a $60M deal in August to return to the team and hold down the low post. He's an absolute beast on the offensive boards . . . GORGUI DIENG seems ready to help off the bench. He's a bit limited athletically and on offense, but can block shots . . . RONNY TURIAF will battle Dieng for bench minutes.|
|GOLDEN STATE: GUARDS: STEPHEN CURRY is not only the NBA's best shooter, but he has also become a great passer. Durability is the only question about him now . . . KLAY THOMPSON should take advantage of the many open looks he'll get playing alongside Curry and Andre Iguodala . . . The Warriors lost Jarrett Jack and brought in TONEY DOUGLAS. While Douglas got his career on track in Houston last year, he'll strictly be a second-unit guy as Iguodala erases the need for a second point guard . . . NEMANJA NEDOVIC is looking at a redshirt year, especially after an injury-filled summer. The Serbian combo guard should overtake Douglas eventually . . . There are few things in the world better than KENT BAZEMORE celebrating a Curry three. FORWARDS: ANDRE IGUODALA is a perfect fit in Oakland, where he can play point forward and set up the Warriors' many shooters. He's also a crafty cutter who should do some sweet things alongside Stephen Curry . . . DAVID LEE draws attention away from their shooters, which ensures him a significant role. But he kills this team with his awful defense . . . HARRISON BARNES may come off the bench more often, but the Warriors will frequently go small with Barnes stretching to the four, especially after Barnes' impressive postseason showing . . . MARREESE SPEIGHTS steps into Carl Landry's role as a low-post scorer off the bench . . . DRAYMOND GREEN had some trouble as a rookie. He'll have to play his way into this rotation. CENTERS:ANDREW BOGUT is injury-prone and will continue to be an afterthought on offense. They'll have to rest him often during the regular season . . . Between Bogut and JERMAINE O'NEAL, they're hoping at least one of them will be healthy at all times to protect the rim . . . FESTUS EZELI had major knee surgery and is unlikely to return in time for the Feats of Strength or the Airing of Grievances.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (MINNESOTA-GOLDEN STATE) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Timberwolves-Warriors Preview* ===============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Minnesota (40-40) at Golden State (49-31), 10:30 p.m. EDT
The Golden State Warriors are assured of a playoff berth, but multiple scenarios remain over their final two games in order to determine their first-round opponent.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, meanwhile, simply would take finishing above .500 for the second straight season.
Golden State looks to win 50 games for the first time in 20 years Monday night by beating visiting Minnesota for the eighth time in nine meetings.
The Warriors (49-31) will be appearing in the playoffs for a second straight season for the first time since qualifying in 1990-91 and '91-'92, and they've won their most games since finishing 50-32 in '93-'94.
Where Golden State will play Game 1 still is to be determined, though it definitely will start the playoffs on the road. It currently holds the sixth seed, one-half game ahead of Dallas and a full game in front of eighth-place Memphis. Depending on how all three teams perform over their final contests, the Warriors could end up in any of the final three spots.
Golden State got a taste of a playoff atmosphere Sunday, falling 119-117 in overtime at Portland despite a season-best 47 points from Stephen Curry. Klay Thompson scored 25 points before fouling out, and Draymond Green hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to force OT.
"Yeah, it did (feel like a playoff game)," Curry said. "This is kind of what you expect of two playoff teams preparing for that next step, and I think from start to finish it definitely had that feel."
Coach Mark Jackson especially was pleased with Curry's performance - not just Sunday's, but what he's shown all season long. Curry is averaging career highs of 23.9 points and 8.5 assists.
"I just love the guy and, obviously, we ended up short, but we move forward," Jackson said. "He's been great all year long. Like I said, he should be first team all-NBA. He's been special, he's been absolutely special."
Thompson scored 30 points while Curry finished with a season low-tying five as the Warriors won the first meeting with Minnesota 106-93 on Nov. 6.
They had their seven-game winning streak in the series snapped in the second matchup, though, as Kevin Martin's jumper in the closing seconds helped trump Curry's 33 points and 15 assists in the Timberwolves' 121-120 victory Jan. 24.
Martin had 26 points in that contest while Kevin Love also scored 26 and added 14 rebounds and eight assists. Love had another solid performance Sunday, scoring 43 points and grabbing 11 boards in a 106-103 loss to Sacramento.
Martin returned after missing the previous five due to a sore foot, but he shot 0 for 8 from the field and scored two points.
Minnesota (40-40) has lost five of six on the road, and it would have to at least split its final two games in order to finish .500 or better in consecutive seasons for the first time since a run of seven straight from 1997-2004.
Love's stellar performance Sunday came despite dealing with a hyperextended right elbow that forced him to sit out Friday's 112-110 win over Houston.
"Our defense just wasn't good enough in the second half," Love said. "Offensively we were fine, but they kind of went on a run and never looked back."
Minnesota had lost five of the previous six road meetings before beating the Warriors in January.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2014 10:24:59 AM EST|