Gameday preview: Wolves at Golden State
- January 23, 2014 - 10:41 PM
9:30 p.m. at golden state • oracle ARENA • fsn/NBA TV, 830-AM
Preview: Kevin Martin practiced fully Thursday with that lacerated pinkie finger he injured in Tuesday’s 112-97 victory at Utah and declared himself ready to play. “I’m good to go,” he said. “I’m not allowed to take any days off right now.” Backup guard Alexey Shved felt fine Thursday and could have practiced but didn’t because he’s waiting for a protective mask for his broken nose to arrive, coach Rick Adelman said. Adelman said he didn’t know whether Shved would play. …The Warriors haven’t played since losing to Indiana at home Monday. They’ve lost four of their past six after winning 10 consecutive games and 11 of 12 before that. … Golden State won the season’s first meeting, 106-93 at Target Center on Nov. 6.
Players to watch: Both Timberwolves forward Kevin Love and Warriors guard Stephen Curry were named Thursday as Western Conference starters to next month’s NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Love, Curry and Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and David Lee on Thursday also were among 28 players named eligible for selection to play in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Brazil Olympics. Curry is on pace to join Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson to average 23 points, nine assists and four rebounds in a season.
Injuries: Wolves G Kevin Martin (finger) is expected to play and G Alexey Shved (broken nose) is questionable. Warriors F David Lee (shoulder sprain) and C Andrew Bogut (knee strain) are questionable but both are likely to play. C Festus Ezeli (knee surgery), G Nemanja Nedovic (hamstring) and F Jermaine O’Neal (wrist surgery) are out.
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