by Ya Mudda
Tonight the Wolves are visited by the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors have opened up the season with an 9-0 start which equals their best start ever. Through the 9 games Steph Curry has played other-worldly, leading the league in points per game with a TS% of 69 while hitting 45% from 3-point range, that’s kind of outrageous.
But enough about Curry, the Warriors are a complete package. They score 113 ppg while giving up only 94 ppg, that’s a margin of victory of 19, meaning almost all of their games have been blow outs. Hard to expect anything less tonight but they are coming off a game against the Grizzlies last night the Timberwolves could have an opportunity to surprise them if both Wiggins and Ricky are able to play for tonight’s game. I’d really like for this to be a competitive game, especially since it’s on national television, so that our guys could get some shine in the spotlight but I fear this is an exhibition to get the defending champions on TV.
On Minnesota’s side of things, the Wolf pack are back home after an eastern conference trek that saw Minnesota go 2-1 defeating two very good teams in the Bulls and Hawks. With Wiggins and Towns playing exceptionally well, I have hope for tonight’s game if we can stay within striking distance most of the way or maybe we catch the Warriors on a bad night. One thing is for sure though, after tonight the world will know that Towns is the GOAT.
Match ups to watch:
- Curry vs. Rubio. Steph Curry is probably the best player in the association right now. He started the season on a tear with a TS% of 73 through the first 6 games, the last 2 games he's come back down to earth slightly but he's still been filling it up. Meanwhile Ricky is coming off a sore knee that kept him out of the game against the Hornets, what a time. Curry's shot is probably the deadliest in the league as he can launch from anywhere past half court which compliments his crazy quick release nicely , it goes without saying this will be Ricky 's biggest challenge of the season.
- Bogut vs. KARL. Like the character he plays in Game of Thrones (Sam Tarly) Bogut is a non-factor offensively however he is an absolute force on the defensive end where he's the anchor for the top ranked Golden State defense, KARL may have a hard time tonight but this is part of the learning process and I believe in him to win this match up on the offensive end. I mean it really can't be that hard to outscore Bogut.
- Green vs. Garnett. This is the match up I'm looking forward to the most. Why? Draymond Green seems like the type of person that would irk Garnett, how many times do you think they get in to it and Garnett does the old hold me back technique? I’m setting it at two; if it doesn't happen at least once I'll be severely disappointed.
- Livingston/Barbosa vs. Lavine. Zach's been playing ok recently (Big Surprise). He got the start against the Hornets and didn't really do anything stupid; he seemed to play within himself. Well tonight he's up against 2 guys who probably have one good knee between them, I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he wins this match up, but my heart says no, it also hopes he attempts to put Bogut on a poster and fails miserably.