Nov 16, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee (10) blocks out Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham (33) for a rebound in the second half at Target Center. The Warriors won 106-98. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Golden State Warriors Preview, Analysis, TV Listing

The Golden State Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at Oracle arena. The version of the T-Wolves that takes the floor tonight will be vastly different, by which I mean way better, than the iteration the Dubs faced on the road a few weeks ago.

For one thing, Kevin Love is back in the lineup, recently recovered from a broken hand. (Note to self: never do knuckle push ups). For another, giant Monenegrin guy Nikola Pekovic is also healthy. That’s about 14 feet and 550 pounds of pasty front line scariness that wasn’t present when the Warriors knocked of the Wolves last time around. It’s safe to say the Warriors will have a tougher test tonight than they did against the totally depleted Wolves they beat in Minnesota.

Golden State is coming off of a somewhat foreseeable, but still disappointing loss in Denver to the improving Nuggets. The Dubs had a healthy halftime lead in that one, but simply forgot to come out of the locker room in the third quarter. Denver sprinted out to a 15-0 run to start the second half and that was all she wrote.

Stephen Curry basically disappeared all game and Klay Thompson didn’t score in the second half. There was foul trouble, poor outside shooting and some pretty crappy transition defense to blame for the loss. But let’s just chalk it up to a good Denver team doing what a good Denver team does: winning at home.

Here’s the semi-defensible, not-very-logically-sound reasoning for why the Warriors need to win tonight: The Wolves are definitely a contender for a bottom-two playoff spot. The Nuggets are probably a cut above the Dubs in the West. So, a loss to the Nuggets is only excusable if the Warriors absolutely take care of business against Minnesota. If they don’t, where does that leave them?

I’ll tell you where. The lottery.

Tip-off is at 7:30 and you can catch Bob Fitzgerald’s blatant homerism and ridiculous overuse of superlatives on CSN Bay Area.

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