Scouting Report: Wolves (3-1) vs. Warriors(3-1) | Nov. 6, 2013

Scouting Report: Wolves (3-1) vs. Warriors(3-1) | Nov. 6, 2013

 



Timberwolves vs. Warriors | 7 PM — Target Center

Where to Watch: Fox Sports North

Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM



Many regard both of these teams as risers in the Western Conference.

And for good reason.

The Warriors finally made a playoff run last season with a young and talented core and the Wolves hope to follow their footsteps into the postseason during the 2013-14 season.

Both teams have young superstars (Stephen Curry and Kevin Love) and if the Wolves can remain healthy, there’s no reason why they can’t battle the Warriors for a playoff spot.

In case fans forgot, they were reminded of just how good Love was last week as the All-Star power forward averaged 29.7 points and 14.7 rebounds in his first three games. For his efforts, Love was named the Western Conference Player of the Week, marking the first time in his career he’s won the award.

With it being so early in the season, every win over Western Conference playoff teams is important. A win over the Warriors on Wednesday night would be a big one for Minnesota, especially after losing to Cleveland on Monday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Fox Sports North and 830 WCCO-AM.

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Last Meeting

The Warriors and Wolves last faced off on April 9 last season and the Warriors came away with a 105-89 win at the Oracle Center behind a combined 54 points from Klay Thompson and Curry. The “Splash Brothers” combined for eight 3-pointers. The former Davidson guard (who ruined millions of office pool brackets in 2008) also had 10 assists.

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David Lee scored 15 points while hauling in 12 rebounds. Harrison Barnes joined the double-double club as well, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 boards.

The Wolves, without Love, were led by Chase Budinger who off the bench scored 17 points. Andrei Kirilenko (now with Nets) scored 15. J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham had 13 and 11 points, respectively.

Minnesota shot just 36.7 percent from the field. They were dominated on the glass as well, 60 to 44.

The Warriors swept the Wolves in last season’s four-game series.

This Week’s Results

The Wolves put their best start in 12 years on the line at Cleveland on Monday night and fell 93-92, despite outscoring the Cavs 31-17 in the final quarter. Love, who has been hot all season long, cooled down a bit as he missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with two seconds left.

Love finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, but was 0-for-7 from deep. Kevin Martin had a game-high 23 points and was a big reason why the Wolves remained in the game. Small Forwards Derrick Williams and Corey Brewer each scored 13 points.

Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic were a combined 3-of-19. That’s not good news, obviously, but if the Wolves can manage to keep the game so close with a combined three baskets from those two, it’s somewhat of a positive.

The night before was a fun one for the Wolves, as they defeated the New York Knicks 109-100 at the Madison Square Garden.

Love led the Wolves with 34 points, 15 rebounds and five assists, but more importantly, he gave Spike Lee a high-five after hitting an off-balanced shot. Reggie Miller is giggling somewhere.

Martin finished with 30 points while hitting all five of his 3-pointers. Pekovic had his second double-double of the season, scoring 11 points while hauling in 12 rebounds. Brewer finished with 10 points while holding Carmelo Anthony to 22 points and 8-of-21 from the field.

The Warriors knocked off the undefeated 76ers on Monday night, 110-90 behind a triple-double from Curry. Curry finished with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Former Nugget slasher Andre Iguodala led the Warriors with 32 points while hitting seven 3-pointers. Lee and Thompson finished with 18 and 15 points, respectively.

On Sunday night, Golden State took down the Sacramento Kings 98-87 thanks to another big night from Thompson and Curry. The two combined for 49 points, while making eight 3-points. Only one other player hit double-digits (Lee, 15) in scoring, but that didn’t matter.

The Warriors shot an impressive 51.3 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from the 3-point line.

What To Watch: Corey Brewer vs. Andre Iguodola

Just when Brewer thought he might be getting a break…

In two of the first four games, Brewer has gone up against Kevin Durant and Anthony. While “Iggy” isn’t a scoring threat like the other two, he is quite the creator offensively.

Don’t believe us? Just watch this. Just watch this.

Another storyline here is that these two played together last season with the Denver Nuggets and helped them to a 57-25 record, good for third in the Western Conference. Iggy averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, while Brewer tallied a mark of 12.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game coming off the bench.

During that time, the two shared some chemistry

This season, Iguodala is averaging 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. Brewer is averaging 12 points per game this season and a career-high 2.5 steals per game.

In two games at the Target Center last season, the Wolves did a pretty solid job on Iguodala, limiting to 10 points, seven rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.

Injury Report

The Wolves will be without wing Chase Budinger, who is out while recovering from preseason left knee surgery. Center Ronny Turiaf is out with a radial head fracture and will be re-evaluated next week. The Warriors could be without Harrison Barnes. Barnes (foot/toe) hopes to play this week, but has yet to play this season.

Probable Starters
  Timberwolves Warriors
PG Ricky Rubio Stephen Curry
SG Kevin Martin Klay Thompson
SF Corey Brewer Andre Iguodala
PF Kevin Love David Lee
C Nikola Pekovic Andrew Bogut

 


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