The Wolves dropped back-to-back home games this week, their record falling to 4-4. A weakened roster Tuesday saw Minnesota play the Hornets without Ricky Rubio, Kevin Garnett or Andrew Wiggins. While Wiggins and KG returned to the floor Thursday, Rubio remained sidelined with a strained hamstring and watched Steph Curry drain 46 points in a 129-116 win over the Timberwolves.
The Warriors increased to 10-0 on the season, and Minny is still searching for its first home win. It's been hard to watch the squad lose those four at Target Center, but there are positives nonetheless. Call me a Debbie Downer if you wish, but I don't believe many expected the home team to beat a machine-like Golden State, and if there is such a thing as a moral victory, Thursday night could fall in that category.
Seven Wolves players scored in double digits, including four off the bench. Wiggins, who had a slow first few games, scored 19 points and dished out five assists, and rookie Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Reserves Kevin Martin and Shabazz Muhammad combined for 31 points on the evening.
Minnesota shot just 75 percent from the charity stripe, something that will need to be addressed, and allowed the Warriors to shoot 47.4 percent (18-of-38) from behind the three-point line. The Wolves' defense has certainly improved from last season, but their guarding on the perimeter can stand to get better.
After a quick turnaround, Towns and Co. will face Indiana on the road tonight. Tipoff is set for 7 pm CST.
Other Basketball News
Wade misses game to be with his son in the hospital
Miami's Dwyane Wade was excused from Thursday night's game after one of his sons was admitted to the hospital. The team did not announce which son was hospitalized or for what reason, but it was announced that he is expected to be okay. The Heat also played without backup shooting guard Gerald Green, who was serving a two-game suspension.
Former NBA and team executive Scotty Stirling dies at 86
The NBA announced the passing of Scotty Stirling, a longtime employee of the league. Originally a sports writer, Stirling served roles as the Knicks' general manager, assistant to the Golden State Warriors' president and the NBA's vice president of basketball operations.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
For this week's recommendation, I have to go with a film I watched just last night and already want to watch again.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
I know I was behind most everyone in seeing this movie, so forgive me if it's old news, but I highly recommend the most recent Avengers if you're a super hero fan. The story was creative and entertaining as always, and I'm still so happy that Mark Ruffalo replaced Edward Norton as the Hulk. My favorite avenger is Iron Man ... which one is yours?
Check out the trailer below, and happy weekending!