At 7:00 PM tonight, the Minnesota Timberwolves face the Golden State Warriors at Target Center. The Warriors defeated the Chicago Bulls, Saturday, earning a 12th consecutive victory -- the most in the franchise's 69-year history -- and extended their franchise-best start to 17-2 through 19 games.
Without question the Warriors have become more potent on the offensive end since the arrival of Steve Kerr, who is the third head coach in NBA history to begin his head coaching career with a 17-2 record or better. The Warriors are 10-1 on the road this season, which is the best start away from home in team history. They currently lead the league in assists (26.1), blocks (6.42), opponents' field goal percentage (.411) and defensive rebounds (35.7) per game.
They've won 28 of their last 37 road contests.
The Wolves defeated the Warriors back on January 24th, but have struggled in these meetings over the previous nine seasons. The Warriors have won 14 of the previous 17 matchups between these two teams, including the last five meetings played at Target Center -- dating back to 2011. Barring the inexplicable happening, that streak looks as though it will continue without a hitch.
For reference, the Wolves biggest loss in this series was by 41 points back in 2009, a game the Warriors won by the final score of 146-105.
Forward Shabazz Muhammad is listed as questionable for tonight's game due to a sore left ankle. If he's unable to go, this would virtually eliminate any marginal chance for the Wolves to emerge victorious. Muhammad is averaging 18 points and 5.6 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game, and his proverbial motor is considered infectious.
He scored in double digits for the fourth time in the last five games against the San Antonio Spurs with 20 points -- the 3rd time Muhammad has tallied 20-or-more in a game this season.
It's admirable; Shabazz never stops hustling.
Opinion: He'll play tonight.
This one is ruthless. Welcome to Camelot by Knights of the Abyss. One of my all-time favorites.
I don't really have an opinion on this. Russian Bee likes Flosstradamus, so, at least he'll enjoy it. I'm a fan.