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Game Preview: Warriors vs. Timberwolves - 11/2/18

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The Warriors continue their homestand on Friday when they welcome the Timberwolves to Oracle Arena. The game will mark the first of four head-to-head matchups this season between the Warriors and Timberwolves. Last season, the Dubs took two of three from Minnesota and overall have won 25 of their last 31 against the Timberwolves.

CELEBRATING DIVERSITY ON WARRIORS GROUND
Friday marks the return of LGBTQ Night on Warriors Ground. When the Warriors held LGBTQ Night last season, Head Coach Steve Kerr expressed his gratitude to the organization, saying “I’m proud to be part of an organization and live in a region and area that really embraces diversity. There has never been a more important time in our country to respect the person next to you regardless of race, creed, color or sexual preference and sexual identity.”

LAST TIME OUT
Stephen Curry had 16 of his 37 points in the third quarter and the Warriors picked up their sixth straight victory with Wednesday’s 131-121 win over the Pelicans on Halloween at Oracle Arena. Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW MIN
8-1 4-4
1st in West 10th in West
PTS: 125.0 (1st) PTS: 116.0 (8th)
REB: 45.6 (15th) REB: 43.9 (21st)
AST: 30.7 (1st) AST: 23.0 (21st)

PROBABLE STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Damian Jones
MIN: Jeff Teague, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Wiggins, Taj Gibson and Karl-Anthony Towns.

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles rehab) and Shaun Livingston (right foot soreness) are out. Andre Iguodala (left calf tightness) and Draymond Green (right abductor soreness) are probable. Team Notes
MIN: Justin Patton (right foot surgery) is out. Jeff Teague (left knee contusion) and Tyus Jones (right foot soreness) are questionable. Team Notes

DRAYMOND STILL DOING IT ALL
The Warriors’ season might be characterized by the otherworldly scoring performances from Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, but Draymond Green’s play can’t be ignored. He hasn’t scored more than 20 points in a game yet, but he has been a critical part of the team’s offense. He leads the team with 8.2 assists per game, which is the sixth most in the league and first among non-guards. On Wednesday, he tallied his first double-double of the season, coming through with 16 points, a season-high 14 rebounds and eight assists. In addition, he played tremendous defense on potential MVP candidate Anthony Davis, and if Green maintains that level of play, that can mean nothing but good things for the Dubs.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW MIN
PTS: Curry (33.0) PTS: Butler (22.5)
REB: Green (7.3) REB: Towns (10.6)
AST: Green (8.2) AST: Teague (6.9)

MINNESOTA SCOUTING REPORT
The Timberwolves have seen their fair share of drama this season with star player Jimmy Butler demanding a trade. Butler sat out the team’s last game to rest but is expected to travel with the club to Oakland for Friday’s matchup. When Butler plays – he has only missed two of the team’s eight games – he has been solid. He’s the team’s leading scorer and on Monday he went 6-for-7 on 3-pointers in a four-point win over the Lakers. Young center Karl-Anthony Towns remains a franchise centerpiece, and last year he torched the Warriors with 26 points and 13 boards per game. Add veteran guard Derrick Rose, who is coming off a 50-point performance in Wednesday's win over the Jazz, and the Timberwolves have potential to make the postseason for the second straight season after the squad missed the playoffs in the 13 prior seasons.

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