Warriors vs. Timberwolves (exhibition)
Time: 3:30 a.m. PT
Where: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Shanghai
Coaches: Steve Kerr, 4th deteriorate with Warriors (207-39 with Warriors and overall); Tom Thibodeau, 2nd deteriorate with Timberwolves (31-51 with Timberwolves, 286-190 overall)
On air: TV on NBA TV; Radio on 95.7 The Game
Records: Warriors (0-2 preseason); Timberwolves (2-0)
Projected starters: Warriors: PG Stephen Curry, SG Klay Thompson, SF Kevin Durant, PF Draymond Green, C Zaza Pachulia
Timberwolves: PG Jeff Teague, SG Jimmy Butler, SF Andrew Wiggins, PF Taj Gibson, C Karl-Anthony Towns
Warriors damage report: SF Nick Young (right hip contusion) is doubtful.
Timberwolves damage report: C Justin Patton (left foot) will not play.
Things to watch:
Will a Warriors lapse to form? Through dual preseason games, Golden State has been a distant cry from a group that steamrolled to a second NBA pretension in 3 years usually 4 months ago. The Warriors, who have stumbled to their misfortune preseason start given 1999, arrange 26th out of 30 teams in sum points authorised (109.5) and 20th in points per diversion (99.5). It is approach too early to put most batch in those numbers, yet don’t be mistaken: Golden State would like to start looking like a group many have as complicated favorites to repeat as NBA champs.
What will a fans’ greeting be? The locus was as sharp-witted as approaching Thursday in Shenzhen. More than an hour before tip-off, a near-capacity throng roared with any done Stephen Curry jumper. The fans in Shanghai, arguably a epicenter of Chinese basketball, should be usually as into a movement Sunday. It doesn’t harm that Yao Ming is approaching to be in attendance.
Will Steve Kerr palliate into a some-more unchanging rotation? During a initial dual exhibitions, Kerr had his starters on a mins restriction. Now, with a unchanging deteriorate opener usually 9 days away, he will expected start personification Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green closer to their normal workload. Are they physically ready, though, to play 30-plus mins a night? The team’s conditioning still needs some work.
Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: email@example.com. Twitter: @Con_Chron