Wolves @ Warriors Gameday



MENZIE HENDERSON
Wolves Writer


Wolves @ Warriors 8:00 PM - Oracle Arena
Where to Watch: FS North
Where to Listen: 1130 AM

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SCOUTING REPORT:

Big Picture
Fresh off an exhilarating win over the Orlando Magic, the Warriors continue to wow audiences with their explosive high-octane offensive attack led by Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. With the season’s end quickly approaching, Golden State has failed to grasp last second hopes of a playoff berth. After losing seven of their last ten, the Warriors have fallen to the 12th spot in the Western Conference standings with a 29-36 record.

Despite dwindled postseason aspirations for the Warriors and Timberwolves, the ballclubs have displayed a sense of unfinished business on the court, determined to end the season on a strong note.

Last Time Out
In a three-point frenzy, the Warriors captured a thrilling 123-120 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. Golden State caught fire from downtown, drilling 21 three-pointers for a franchise record. Monta Ellis finished with 39 points and 11 assists. Dorell Wright had 32 points that included eight threes.

The Timberwolves team chemistry has grown to a dangerous level for opponents. As the young Wolves finally start to gel, the multiple contributions and points racked up during a 122-101 win over the Utah Jazz.

The Numbers Game
While the offense begins to mesh and come together, Minnesota has played strong on the defensive end as well. In back-to-back victories, the Timberwolves have dominated, winning the last two by an average of 23.5 points.

Match-up to Watch
Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry vs. Wolves Backcourt

In the previous meeting between the Wolves and Warriors, it was the deadly duo of Ellis and Curry that provided problems for Minnesota. Curry had 33 points, while Ellis recorded 20 and eight assists. Despite the huge contributions, Wesley Johnson and the Wolves finally were able to clamp down when it was needed most. If Minnesota wants to make it three straight, they must find a way to control Golden State’s electrifying scorers.

With the Warriors backcourt bound to put up numbers, it is essential that Kevin Love and Michael Beasley receive support from a growing Wolves backcourt to execute an inside-out game. In what will likely be a high-scoring contest, the Wolves will need production from Luke Ridnour and Wesley Johnson to combat the Warriors attack.

What to Look For
Fans should expect to see a thrilling shootout at Oracle Arena. While both teams thrive in a high-scoring environment, it will be defensive stops and hustle plays down the stretch that will make the difference in tonight’s outcome.
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