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Warriors 116, Wolves 108: Out-Gunned

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Too much Steph Curry and friends for the Wolves in Oakland tonight.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden State Warriors Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

As often happens when the Golden State Warriors take the floor, they simply had too many weapons for the Wolves, and they inexorably pulled away for

The game got off to an inauspicious start, with the Warriors racing out to a 13-0 lead and the Wolves looking out of sorts. They had seven turnovers in the first quarter, and things could have been much worse. But the Wolves worked their way back into the game and trailed by six at halftime only after a buzzer beating three pointer by Klay Thompson.

But the Warriors were just too much. Stephen Curry had it going all night, and every time the Wolves looked like they were going to make a game of it, he or another Warrior would make a big shot to change the momentum. They slowly pulled away throughout the second half, and the game was never really in doubt in the fourth quarter.

It’s late, and I’m tired, and there isn’t really much to say about this one beyond the fact that when the Warriors shoot threes well (and they made 19 tonight) the Wolves aren’t going to beat them. They had their moments in the paint, but 3 is more than 2, and the Warriors took advantage all night.

For the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns had his way inside offensively, and finished with 31, but the Warriors effectively doubled him in some key moments and the Wolves couldn’t make them pay.

Derrick Rose is playing too many minutes and shooting too much. He actually made some terrible shots tonight, and finished with 21 on 8-18 from the field, but it’s way too much. He’s coming in with five minutes left in the first/third quarters, and not coming out of the game. He’s tiring and taking bad shots, and he’s dribbling the ball way too much. Further, you can’t run two small, defensively suspect guards out there against some of these back courts they are seeing.

Although Rose’s shot selection leaves something to be desired, the truth is this is on Thibs. He can’t keep running him out there for so damn long. I get that Covington missed a game and wasn’t his best tonight, but still there are options. Tyus Jones played very well tonight, especially in the first half, but got 17 minutes. Josh Okogie actually made a brief appearance late in the second quarter, but certainly could soak up a few minutes.

A few notes before bed:

  • The two areas you have to win if you want to beat the Warriors are turnovers and rebounding and the Wolves did neither. The Warriors had 14 offensive boards, which absolutely killed the Wolves.
  • Jeff Teague is playing very poorly. He had 11 assists, but finished 1-5, and was incredibly hesitant.
  • A nice outing for Dario Saric, who had 13 and 8 and got the majority of the playing time at the four.
  • Two straight losses on this trip, and all of a sudden the Wolves are under pressure to keep up with the conference.