Warriors diversion day: Can Golden State extent Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns?

Warriors during Timberwolves

Time: 12:30 p.m. PT

Where: Target Center, Minneapolis

Coaches: Steve Kerr, 4th deteriorate with Warriors (258-54 with Warriors and overall); Tom Thibodeau, 2nd deteriorate with Timberwolves (69-80 with Timberwolves and 324-219 overall)

On air: TV on ABC; Radio on 95.7 The Game

Records: Warriors (51-14); Timberwolves (38-29)

Projected starters: Warriors: PG Quinn Cook (3.2 ppg, 1.1 apg), SG Klay Thompson (19.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg), SF Kevin Durant (26.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg), PF Draymond Green (11.2 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.4 apg), C JaVale McGee (4.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg)

Timberwolves: PG Jeff Teague (13.7 ppg, 6.9 apg), SG Andrew Wiggins (17.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg), SF Nemanja Bjelica (6.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg), PF Taj Gibson (12.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg), C Karl-Anthony Towns (20.3 ppg, 12.2 rpg).

Warriors damage report: PG Quinn Cook (right palm contusion) and SF Andre Iguodala (left wrist sprain) are questionable. PF Jordan Bell (right ankle sprain), PG Stephen Curry (tweaked right ankle), SG Patrick McCaw (non-displaced fracture, left wrist) and C David West (right arm cyst) are out.

Timberwolves injury report: SG Jimmy Butler (right knee surgery) is out.

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Line: Warriors by 4.5 points

Things to watch:

Can Golden State’s 3 accessible All-Stars get some support? Outside of Kevin Durant (40 points) and Klay Thompson (25 points), no Warrior scored some-more than 10 points in Friday night’s detriment to a Trail Blazers. Without dual of a leaders in Andre Iguodala and David West, Golden State’s dais usually totaled 18 points, with Kevon Looney’s 8 heading a way. Durant and Thompson are dual of a best shooters in NBA history, sure, though they need purpose players to do their jobs to kick a playoff-caliber organisation on a road. With half of his unchanging revolution potentially sidelined Sunday, conduct manager Steve Kerr might try different, singular combinations to get this organisation behind on track.

Can a Warriors tie adult defensively? At a base of Golden State’s new seven-game winning strain was renewed defensive intensity. By that measure, Friday’s detriment to Portland was a poignant regression. The Trail Blazers scored 125 points on 49.4 percent shooting, including 16-for-39 from three-point range. Their backcourt twin of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum total for 58 points and 9 done three-pointers. Now, Golden State faces a Timberwolves organisation that ranks second in a NBA in three-point attempts and sharpened percentage. Minnesota might be though Jimmy Butler, though it still has copiousness of firepower in Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins.

Will Golden State’s depleted frontcourt reason adult opposite Towns? With Butler sidelined, a Timberwolves offense flows by Towns, a former No. 1 breeze collect who was a first-time All-Star this season. Towns, who led Minnesota with 31 points and 11 rebounds in a Jan. 25 detriment to a Warriors, leads a NBA with 56 double-doubles. It is a daunting matchup for a Golden State frontcourt that is though West and Jordan Bell. Just to have adequate bodies, a Warriors have removed Damian Jones from a G League.

Quotable: “I unequivocally favourite the quarrel and rival spirit, though we have to be smarter. We did not play a intelligent and focused diversion tonight. It cost us.” — Steve Kerr after Friday night’s detriment to Portland

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