Game Preview: Warriors vs. Timberwolves - 3/29/19

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ROAD WARRIORS
In the second game of this road trip, the Warriors head to Minnesota to face the Timberwolves for a Friday night matchup. Though the Dubs are entering the final stretch of the regular season, they are still resilient on the road, having won 21 of their last 26 road games and summing a road record of 25-12, currently holding the best road record in the league. The Warriors have faced Minnesota three times this season, with the Dubs grabbing the win in all three contests.

LAST TIME OUT
It was a back-and-forth night on Wednesday as the Warriors outscored the Memphis Grizzlies, 118-103 . Kevin Durant had the best shooting night of his career, going 12-for-13 from the field and totaling 28 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. » Full Recap

MATCHUP AT A GLANCE

GSW MIN
51-23 33-41
1st in West 10th in West
PTS: 117.3 (2nd) PTS: 112.4 (14th)
REB: 46.0 (11th) REB: 45.3 (16th)
AST: 29.2 (1st) AST: 24.5 (16th)

LAST GAME'S STARTERS
GSW: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and DeMarcus Cousins
MIN: Tyus Jones, Josh Okogie, Andrew Wiggins, Dario Saric and Karl-Anthony Towns

INJURY & ROSTER NOTES
GSW: Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out. Team Notes
MIN: Taj Gibson (strained left calf) and Luol Deng (sore left Achilles) are questionable. Derrick Rose (right elbow surgery), Jeff Teague (left foot inflammation), and Robert Covington (right knee bone bruise) are out. Team Notes

COMEBACK KINGS
Wednesday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies marked the 15th time this season the Warriors were able to win after trailing by 10-or-more points. On top of that, the Dubs have had six games where they not only worked their way back from down 10 points to win, but also ended up winning by 10-or-more points. These comebacks have been fueled by captivating player performances including a 25-point fourth quarter by Durant against the Knicks, and one quarter with 25 points and seven three-point shots made by Stephen Curry against the Cavaliers in December. The last time the Warriors pulled-off the down-10-to-win-by-10 feat came courtesy of a ready-and-waiting Jonas Jerebko, who exploded for 18 points off the bench in 18 minutes on March 19th; that game came against the same opponents the Dubs’ take on in this game: the Minnesota Timberwolves.

TEAM LEADERS

GSW MIN
PTS: Curry (27.8) PTS: Towns (24.7)
REB: Cousins (8.0) REB: Towns (12.5)
AST: Green (6.9) AST: Teague (8.2)

MINNESOTA SCOUTING REPORT
Though in the midst of a 1-6 skid, the Timberwolves are not a team to sleep on. They are led by Karl-Anthony Towns who, even during a tough streak for the team, has averaged a double-double over those last seven games (26.6 points and 15 rebounds). Tyus Jones has taken over starting duties with season-ending injuries to guards Jeff Teague and Derrick Rose, and has played well in their absence, averaging 9.9 points, six assists, and one steal per game. Prior to losing to their last two home games at home, Minnesota had won six games in a row at the Target Center, including three against playoff teams from the Western Conference – Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City Thunder. The Timberwolves also do a lot of work on the offensive glass as a team; they rank third in offensive rebounds and second in second chance points in the league.

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