OAKLAND, Calif. — The new-look Minnesota Timberwolves wish to take their early-season success to a new turn when they face a Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.
The diversion matches dual of a NBA’s hottest teams. The Timberwolves (7-3) are roving a five-game winning strain as they open a three-game trip. The Warriors (8-3) sloping off a four-game homestand with a win over a Miami Heat on Monday, their fourth feat in a row.
The clubs haven’t seen any other nonetheless in a unchanging season, though they became proficient during a two-game debate of China in a preseason.
The Warriors have beaten a Timberwolves in 17 of a past 20 meetings, including twice convincingly during home final deteriorate — by 13 and 14 points — on their approach to a second championship in 3 seasons.
Meanwhile, Minnesota missed a playoffs for a 13th uninterrupted deteriorate final year notwithstanding improving to 31 wins underneath first-year manager Tom Thibodeau.
Their 7-3 record underneath Thibodeau this deteriorate is a franchise’s best start given a 9-1 commencement underneath Flip Saunders in 2001.
The stream five-game winning strain includes 4 times scoring 112 or some-more points. Impressively, a Timberwolves also have hold their final 3 opponents to fewer than 100 points.
Guard Jimmy Butler, a club’s high-scoring merger in a offseason, totaled usually 17 points in Minnesota’s dual many new wins.
He remarkable Wednesday he gladly would do it again if it meant dual some-more wins in a subsequent dual games.
“As prolonged as we win, I’m happy,” Butler said. “That’s what they brought me here for, to assistance this classification win. we feel like I’m doing a good pursuit with that … we don’t caring what anybody says about how I’m playing. we unequivocally don’t. We’re winning, so during a finish of a day, I’m a winner. If we’re winning, I’m good.”
The Timberwolves are led in scoring by holdovers Karl-Anthony Towns (21.8 points per game) and Andrew Wiggins (19.9). Then come newcomers Butler (15.1) and Jeff Teague (13.4).
The Warriors opposite with a rather prolific foursome of their own. Stephen Curry (25.7), Kevin Durant (24.8) and Klay Thompson (20.3) all normal some-more than 20 points a diversion for a league’s highest-scoring team, though Draymond Green is personification a best all-around basketball of a garland of late.
After a delayed start this deteriorate that saw him ejected from one game, Green has demonstrated his all-around luminosity during a Warriors’ stream winning streak. He scored 15 or some-more points in all 4 games, shot 23-for-34 altogether and 9-for-14 on 3-pointers while averaging 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists.
Green has amassed a plus-74 plus/minus during a streak.
The Warriors are 6-0 this deteriorate when Green has scored during slightest 10 points, 2-3 when he hasn’t.
Green, a reigning NBA Defensive Player of a Year, also spearheaded a defensive bid in a 97-80 feat over Miami on Monday that authorised Golden State to win absolutely notwithstanding unwell to measure 100 points for a initial time this season.
“We can play invulnerability with anybody,” Warriors backup brazen Omri Casspi pronounced after a game. “Everybody should know that.”