NBA Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 14th
(All times Eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (40-40) at Golden State Warriors (49-31), 10:30 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Golden State Warriors are still trying to solidify
their best playoff positioning and look to hold on to the sixth seed Monday
night when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to Oracle Arena.
The Warriors are just a half-game ahead of the Dallas Mavericks for the sixth
seed in the Western Conference. Golden State is only a game in front of the
Memphis Grizzlies, who currently occupy the eighth spot.
One more victory would give Golden State the sixth spot. The Warriors visit
the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
Golden State lost out on its chance for the fifth seed in the Western
Conference on Sunday night in a spectacular, playoff-like game against the
Portland Trail Blazers. The Warriors fell 119-117 in overtime at the Moda
Stephen Curry exploded for 47 points on 16-of-29 shooting and made seven of
Golden State's 17 3-pointers. He hit Draymond Green for the game-tying 3-
pointer at the end of regulation, then tried the same at the end of overtime,
but Andre Iguodala missed.
"It was obviously high intensity, you know, guys making plays," said Curry.
"The back and forth was just intense and we found a way to keep fighting. This
is kind of what you expect of two playoff teams preparing for that next step
and I think from start to finish it definitely had that feel."
Klay Thompson added 25 points and Iguodala finished with 15 points.
The Timberwolves are going to miss the postseason and will try to secure their
first .500 season since the 2004-05 campaign.
Minnesota had a chance to get that 41st win of the season on Sunday, but fell
to the Sacramento Kings, 106-103.
Kevin Love tallied 43 points and 11 boards, while Gorgui Dieng supplied 21
points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which has alternated wins and losses
over its last six tilts.
"Our defense just wasn't good enough in the second half," Love said.
The Wolves held an 82-81 edge early in the fourth before a 15-4 Kings run
helped them seize control of the contest.
Luc Mbah a Moute finished with 12 points and Corey Brewer followed up his
amazing 51-point performance on Friday with 10 points on 2-for-8 shooting from
The Warriors and Wolves have split two matchups this season with the visitor
winning each time. Minnesota's win at Oracle Arena on Jan. 24 snapped a seven-
game series losing streak.
04/14 10:26:50 ET