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Warriors at Timberwolves: Game #8

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The Wolves host the defending champion and undefeated Warriors tonight at Target Center. It should be a great test for our young Wolves.

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors at Wolves
7:00 pm CST
TNT

The Wolves are on national television for the 2nd time this season, featuring in the first half of the TNT Thursday double-header against the undefeated (9-0) Golden State Warriors, led by reigning MVP and dominant force Steph Curry.

Dave Naylor ran down the greatness that is the Warriors in this morning's preview; suffice it to say they appear to dominate teams even when they manage to not look great, as they did last night in Memphis, beating the Grizzlies 100-84 despite committing 23 turnovers and not shooting it nearly as well as they are capable.

It's their ability to play any style and any tempo that makes them so difficult to deal with--it's not a matter of taking one or two things away; rather you have to play a comprehensive game to merely give yourself a chance.

The Wolves will need everything they have to keep up with the Warriors tonight, so hopefully both Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio, who missed the Hornets game with knocks and are listed as "probable" for tonight, are close to full strength. They will be needed.

It's pretty rare that the attention of the national basketball world is focused on Minnesota, though of course the Warriors are the big story here. Still, the Wolves strong start along with the play of youngsters Andrew Wiggins and especially rookie Karl-Anthony Towns have helped pique the interest of the NBA community.

Hopefully they give a good account of themselves tonight. Handing the Warriors their first loss of the season would be a terrific accomplishment for this young team. I'm not really expecting it, but at least this year I can imagine how it could happen. That's progress.

LATE NOTE: Wiggins will play, Rubio will not. Hugely disappointing, but smart to be cautious.

Expected Lineups

Warriors

Stephen Curry
Klay Thompson
Harrison Barnes
Draymond Green
Festus Ezeli

Wolves

Zach LaVine
Andrew Wiggins
Tayshaun Prince
Kevin Garnett
Karl-Anthony Towns

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