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Can the Timberwolves take the Warriors at home?

Can the Timberwolves take the Warriors at home?

10:00 SAST | 03 Mar 2017

On Sunday the Golden State Warriors (50-10), the only team in the league that have clinched a playoff spot, will travel to the Target Center in downtown Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves.

Both teams have recently suffered injuries in strategic positions with the Timberwolves losing former slam dunk champion Zach LaVine just before the All-Star Weekend and the Warriors losing sharp shooter Kevin Durant in their loss Tuesday night loss to the Washington Wizards.

However, even without the services of the former OKC forward, who leads the team in points and rebounds, the Golden State Warriors remain strong with an efficient core. The starting five of Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala with David West or James Michael-McAdoo coming in for Durant is more than enough starting fire power.

The young Timberwolves are coming together well and have a few potential future superstars on their roster in Karl-Anthony Towns, who leads the team in points and rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins. Ricky Rubio leads the squad in assists and Senegalese center Gorgui Dieng who continues to elevate his game.

The game will be somewhat of a David vs Goliath affair as the top team in the West takes on the 10th placed team, but sometimes these are the matchups that good upsets are made of.

The Timberwolves have some reasonable depth on their bench which includes the likes of Shabazz Muhammad and Nemanja Bjelika.

The Warriors have won both of the teams’ two matchups this season and in the 27th November game by as much as 12 points, however the Warriors will be missing an integral part in Durant this time.

Essentially Golden State is the stronger team, but the youthfulness and athleticism of the Timberwolves should not be underestimated. They have been known to shock some of the best teams in the league.

 

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