Scouting Report: Wolves (40-40) at Warriors (49-31) | April 14, 2014
Timberwolves at Warriors | 9:30 PM — ORACLE Arena
Where to Watch: Fox Sports North, NBATV
Where to Listen: 830 WCCO-AM
The Wolves will have their last game on the West Coast during the 2013-14 season tonight against the Warriors.
With just two games remaining, the Warriors sit just two games above Memphis for the No. 6 seed in the West. The Warriors probably have to worry more about the Dallas Mavericks, who sit in the seventh spot, a half game back from Golden State. Dallas has just one game remaining this season. No matter what, the battle will be tough. The Warriors will need to play Oklahoma City or the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round. Pick your poison.
The Wolves, who have been right around .500 all season, have the chance to end the season above .500 if they can win their next two games. The team closes out the season on Wednesday at home against the Utah Jazz.
April 14, 2014
The Wolves are 1-1 against the Warriors this season, with the last game coming on Jan. 24 in Golden State. The Wolves came away with a 121-120 win thanks to 26 points each from Kevin Martin and Kevin Love. Love also added 14 rebounds and eight assists. Nikola Pekovic put up 22 points and hauled in 14 rebounds. Corey Brewer scored 15 points and had four steals. The Wolves shot 50 percent from the field.
Stephen Curry led Golden State with 33 points and 15 assists. David Le added 23 points, while sharp-shooter Klay Thompson had 18. Andre Iguodala scored 16 points. Marreese Speights led the bench with 10 points.
This Week’s Results
The Wolves are coming off of a 106-103 road loss to the Sacramento Kings last night. Love led Minnesota with 43 points and 11 rebounds. Rookie Gorgui Dieng had another nice night, finishing with 21 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks. Luc Mbah a Moute led the bench with 12 points, while Brewer finished with 10.
Minnesota is 2-3 in its last five games.
The Warriors played on the coast last night, losing to the Portland Trail Blazers 119-117 in overtime. Curry led the team with 47 points and three assists. Thompson added 25, 18 coming from the 3-point line. Iguodala was efficient, going 7-of-10 from the field, good for 15 points.
Golden State is 3-2 in its last five games.
What To Watch: Stephen Curry vs. Ricky Rubio
These are two of the craftiest guards in all of basketball. Curry has most of his highlights scoring the ball, while Rubio has his passing and stealing the ball.
Curry is averaging a career-high 23.9 points per game, shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 42.2 percent from the 3-point line. He’s also dishing out 8.5 assists per game. In two games against the Wolves this season, the sharpshooter is averaging 19 points and 11 assists.
Rubio is having himself an All-Defensive NBA type of season, leading the league with 188 total steals. He’s averaging 2.4 per game. He’s scoring 9.4 points per game along with a career-high 8.6 assists per game.
The Wolves hope Rubio’s defense can slow down Curry from racking up points on the scoreboard for Golden State.
For Minnesota, Chase Budinger (ankle) and Shabazz Muhammad (knee) are both out for the season. Guard Kevin Martin (heel) and center Nikola Pekovic (ankle) are questionable.
Warriors center Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) is out indefinitely.
|PG||Ricky Rubio||Stephen Curry|
|SG||Kevin Martin||Klay Thompson|
|SF||Corey Brewer||Harrison Barnes|
|PF||Kevin Love||David Lee|
|C||Gorgui Dieng||Andrew Bogut|