The Minnesota Timberwolves couldn't keep up with the Golden State Warriors, nor could they overcome a nine-point first quarter deficit, as they lost to the Warriors 126-113 on Thursday.
1. Amazing how much this team misses Butler. They were able to pull off two wins against quality opponents in his first two games out of action, but they have lost the past two and given up 120-plus points in each outing. Over the past four games, the Wolves have allowed an average of 119 points per game. In this one their defense saw the defending champs shoot 53.9 percent from the field and an unbelievable 56.8 percent from three. Now the Warriors, with three of the best three-point shooters of all-time on their team, can shoot at that percentage at anytime--but this development is something that must by driving coach Tom Thibadeau crazy.
2. Speaking of those three shooters, Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson each shot nine threes, making five, six, and seven respectively. Curry finished the night with 25 points on 9-14 from the field with nine assists and three steals, Durant shot 10-19 on his way to a triple-double with a team-high 28 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists (plus two steals and three blocks), and Klay Thompson also shot 25 points as he went 9-13 from the field, and 77.8 percent from three on his 7-9 performance, grabbing five rebounds and three assists with a steal and a block.
3. Meanwhile the Wolves put up 113 points, but the Warriors made them shoot poorly from the field and from three. The Wolves took 101 shots, and made only 46 of them, good for 45.5 percent, then they went 6-20 from the field, taking one less three than the Warriors would make. Their only saving grace was that they were 15-18 from the line good for 83.3 percent.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns was a bright spot for the Wolves. Taking on the shooting load in this game, Towns attempted 24 shots, hitting 13, to score 31 points, while hauling in 11 rebounds and dishing out five assists. Towns was 4-6 from the line, but 1-5 from three.
2. Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford had good nights as Teague scored 17 on 7-14 shooting, and Crawford scored 21 on 9-16 from the field. Plus Nemanja Bjelica was the lone player to shoot well from three as he hit 3-5 from beyond the arc.
3. Although Andrew Wiggins was horrible shooting the ball, he did make a small impact defensively, registering two steals and a block.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day the NBA All-Star draft took place (it sadly wasn't televised) and Wolves All-Stars Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were both selected by Steph Curry.
The Wolves look to exact revenge on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night, as they lost 98-97 in their last matchup in Brooklyn. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at the Target Center in Minneapolis.