Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors Preview
The Golden State Warriors have been short-handed all season, so they will be used to the makeshift routine as they head into a road matchup Thursday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. D’Angelo Russell is expected to miss a second consecutive game because of a shoulder injury. Also out is Willie Cauley-Stein (illness).
Golden State has been without Klay Thompson for the entire season and Stephen Curry for most of it. Still, the Warriors took the Spurs into overtime at San Antonio on Tuesday. Alec Burks stepped up with 28 points in the loss, and Glenn Robinson III had 25. The Warriors have lost their past two after a season-best, four-game winning streak.
Minnesota Timberwolves Preview
Playing without much of their regular roster and using players who might otherwise have been in the G League, the Minnesota Timberwolves have found a way to be competitive heading into a home game Thursday against the Golden State Warriors. The short-handed Timberwolves lost 106-104 at Milwaukee on Wednesday and had a chance to tie or take the lead in the closing seconds.
The Timberwolves opened December on an 11-game losing streak, but they are 2-2 in their past four. Second-leading scorer Andrew Wiggins (24.8 points per game) might return Thursday after missing three games because of an illness. Karl-Anthony Towns (team-high 26.5 points per game) is likely a few games away from a return. He is dealing with a knee injury.