LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors let one slip away in Memphis Tuesday night, falling 98-94 after the Grizzlies grinded out a fourth quarter comeback. David Lee put up game-highs of 22 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Memphis capitalized on second chance opportunites for 17 points to Golden State's five. Nate Robinson came off the bench and poured in 18 while Jeremy Tyler recorded nine points and a career-high 11 rebounds. The Warriors will look to bounce back on Wednesday when they take on the Timberwolves in Minnesota. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. TIMBERWOLVES
The second of three Warriors-Timberwolves matchups this season will take place in Minneapolis on Wednesday. Minnesota won the first matchup, 97-93, on March 19 in Oakland after a second-half Warriors rally ultimately fell short. Both teams are dealing with all kinds of injury issues (see below), but that won't stop what figures to be a great power forward matchup. Both David Lee and Kevin Love had huge games in last month's game in Oakland, and how they perform on Wednesday will go a long way in determining the outcome.
CONTINUING TO GRIND
Heading into Tuesday's contest, David Lee had scored 23-plus points in four-straight games. He averaged 26.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists during that stretch, and he continues to be one of just five players in the NBA this season to average at least 19 points and 9.0 rebounds.
The Warriors have been very protective of the rock this season, currently ranking fourth in the league in turnovers per game, giving the ball up only 13.8 times per contest. Even more impressive, the Warriors have twice tied the franchise record for fewest turnovers in a game, committing just five miscues in each of the last two contests against the Lakers (March 27 and April 1).
Klay Thompson is making a bid for All-Rookie accolades with his performance of late, particularly since the Warriors elevated him to starting shooting guard following a trade that sent Monta Ellis to Milwaukee. Thompson leads all rookies in both three-point and free-throw percentage this season. Heading into Tuesday's contest, Thompson had averaged 18.6 points over the prior 13 games.
Injuries:Warriors - Stephen Curry (mild sprain, right ankle) and Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) are out. Timberwolves - José Barea (bruised right quadriceps), Michael Beasley (sprained left big toe), Darko Milicic (strained right hamstring) and Luke Ridnour (sprained right ankle) are questionable. Ricky Rubio(torn ACL and a torn LCL, left knee) is out.
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