April 09, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (9) shoots the ball against Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Warriors Look To Secure Playoff Seeding vs. Timberwolves: Game Preview

The Golden State Warriors can finish no higher than sixth in the Western Conference playoff picture, and they’d like to lock up the sixth spot as soon as possible.

That would mean beating the Minnesota Timberwolves at home on Monday night. The Warriors need to win one of their final two games to secure the sixth seed and guarantee a likely first round matchup against the Clippers. They would certainly love to defeat the Timberwolves and get everything sorted out, so that they don’t need to stress heading into the final game of the regular season on Wednesday.

The Warriors are coming off a thrilling, albeit disappointing 119-117 loss in Portland. It was a game that definitely had playoff-intensity, and Stephen Curry put on a show with 47 points. However, the Warriors may be fatigued after playing such an intense, close game the night before. Andrew Bogut hurt his rib area late in the fourth quarter, and will probably not suit up tonight. Additionally, the Warriors may choose to rest Andre Iguodala, who recently returned from injury.

Thus, while they should be able to handle the .500 Timberwolves, fatigue may play a factor here. Minnesota did play on Sunday night as well, losing to Sacramento 106-103, but they have nothing to lose and can play loose, unlike the Warriors who are fighting for playoff seeding.

Tale of the Tape

Warriors:

  • Points per game: 103.6 (10th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 46.1% (9th)
  • Three-point percentage: 37.8% (T-4th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 43.4% (T-3rd)
  • Rebounds per game: 45.3 (T-3rd)
  • Turnovers: 15.0 (27th)

Timberwolves:

  • Points per game: 106.5 (4th)
  • Field-goal percentage: 44.4% (23rd)
  • Three-point percentage: 34.0% (26th)
  • Defensive field-goal percentage: 47.0% (27th)
  • Rebounds per game: 44.8 (7th)
  • Turnovers: 13.4 (T-7th)

Game Notes

Via Warriors.com game notes:

  • The Warriors have won or split the season series with Minnesota in each of the last eight seasons.
  • In 2012-13, Golden State earned a 4-0 series sweep over the Wolves for the second time in franchise history and first since 1991-92.
  • Golden State has taken 13 of the last 16 meetings between the two.

Injury Report

GSW: Andrew Bogut (upper body), Andre Iguodala (right knee tendinitis) and Jermaine O’Neal (left knee) are to be determined. Festus Ezeli (recovery from right knee surgery) is out. Nemanja Nedovic and Ogjnen Kuzmic are on assignment with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League.

MIN: Chase Budinger (ankle) and Shabazz Muhammad (knee) are out. Center Nikola Pekovic (ankle), guard Kevin Martin (heel) and Kevin Love (elbow) are questionable.

Probable Starters

GOLDEN STATE (49-31)

  • Andre Iguodala (9.3 PPG)
  • David Lee (18.1 PPG) 
  • Andrew Bogut (7.3 PPG)
  • Klay Thompson (18.5 PPG)
  • Stephen Curry (23.9 PPG)

MINNESOTA (40-40)

Game Info

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Location: Oracle Arena, Oakland, CA

TV: LOCAL

 

 

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