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In the 53rd tilt of the season the surprising 6th seeded Golden State Warriors take on the disappointing 12th seeded Minnesota Timberwolves
How on earth is a team with a negative Ortg/Drtg ratio 9 games above .500? I dont' know either but here are the dirty details:
Our Beloved Puppies simply die by the three point sword. They have made their way up above the .300 mark (currently at .303, Warriors are down to #2 at .390) but they still have a legit shot at being the worst three point shooting team in the history of the league. That's something to root for, right? History!
Last year the Charlotte Bobcats shot .295 from the great beyond but they did so on only 13.5 attempts in 66 games. This year's Wolves are doing their damage The Wolves, through 52 games, have already shot 46 more 3s than last year's Bobcats, enough for an 18/game average from beyond the arc. If you account for more than 15 attempts per game, the Wolves are currently the worst three point shooting team in the history of the league...in a league that values the shot more than ever.
Let nobody ever say that the team you love to follow isn't interesting. They're just interesting in interesting ways. Or something.
This will be the 2nd meeting at the Target Center between the two squads this season. The first meeting was a matchup of two 5-4 squads, both with giddy fanbases full of optimism for the new season. The Warriors were 2-15 from beyond the arc in that tilt, while the Wolves, in Josh Howard's first game of the season, were 7-18. In other words, the Wolves took their season average while making them at a Warrior-esque clip, and the Warriors shot at a broken Wolves-esque clip.
Anywho...today's game will probably be decided with the three ball. Unfortunately, the Wolves probably won't get the same results from the great beyond as they did the first time against the Warriors at Target Center.