Preview: Golden State at Wolves
- February 23, 2013 - 9:04 PM
Preview: The Wolves return home after giving up a season-high 127 points in a loss at Oklahoma City on Friday night, with coach Rick Adelman sitting his starting frontcourt for the entire fourth quarter. The Warriors, meanwhile, broke a 16-game losing streak to San Antonio with a 107-101 overtime home victory Friday. After losing six straight, the Warriors have won two in a row and are sixth in the Western Conference.
Players to watch: Wolves G Alexey Shved came off the bench to lead the Wolves with 17 points Friday. He shot 7-for-12, just the third time in his past 18 games that Shved has shot 50 percent or better. F Derrick Williams failed to score in double figures for only the second time in seven games. PG Ricky Rubio is averaging 8.8 assists, 5.8 rebounds and 4.25 steals in his past four games. Warriors guard Jarrett Jack came off the bench to score 30 points -- including seven in the final 90 seconds of overtime -- to lead Golden State on Friday night. He also had 10 assists. F David Lee is the only NBA player averaging at least 19 points, 10 rebounds and three assists.
Numbers: The Warriors made up a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit in Friday's victory. Golden State has won 17 of the past 22 games between the two teams, including two victories this season.
Injuries: Wolves F Kevin Love (hand surgery), F Chase Budinger (knee surgery), G Malcolm Lee (knee and hip surgery) and G Brandon Roy (right knee) are out. Warriors G Brandon Rush (left knee) is out.
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