San Jose Mercury News: Live updates: Warriors vs. Timberwolves, Friday night
Scroll down to get insights and news updates from the Warriors' game in Minnesota Friday as they take on Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves.GAME ESSENTIALS: Warriors (2-6) vs. Timberwolves (4-3) at Target Center, Friday at 5 p.m. (PT). TV: NBCS.
ODDS: Timberwolves -11.5.
2019 SERIES: First meeting. LAST REGULAR-SEASON MEETING: Timberwolves won 131-130 in overtime in Minnesota on March 29, 2019.
WARRIORS UPDATE: After a blowout loss Wednesday in Houston, the Warriors will get a bit of a boost with the return of All-Star guard D'Angelo Russell (sprained ankle), who has miss the last three games.
Star Tribune: Why did D'Angelo Russell choose the Warriors over the Timberwolves? Start with the weather
There was a lot that Warriors guard D'Angelo Russell liked about the Timberwolves as he was going through the free agency process this summer.One of his best friends is center Karl-Anthony Towns. The coaching staff added an assistant he liked from his time with the Nets in Pablo Prigioni, and the front office had some familiar faces as well.
It was trending that Russell might join the Wolves in a sign-and-trade, but he ultimately decided to go with the Warriors. Why? Well, at least in part, you can blame the Minnesota weather.
"I thought the opportunity here was amazing ... " Russell said after Warriors shootaround Friday.
Golden State Of Mind: Warriors vs. Wolves: Can the young Dubs grab a road win?
The road trip marches on, as the Golden State Warriors visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at 5:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Bay Area.It's a game with some exciting star talent, as the Warriors are not only welcoming back D'Angelo Russell, but getting to see Karl-Anthony Towns for the first time this year. Towns has been on a tear (when not suspended), averaging 26.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game, while shooting 46.7% on threes (and shooting nine of them a game!)
Notably, Towns and Russell are very close friends.
Official Site of the Timberwolves: Scouting Report | Wolves vs. Warriors
The Wolves host an unfamiliar Warriors squad for the first time this season on Friday at Target Center.Minnesota goes into the game with a 4-3 record, tied for eighth in the West. Golden State is 2-6, tied for 13th.
The team we've seen go the NBA Finals for the last five seasons shows very little resemblance of this current team, and pretty much zero if you take away head coach Steve Kerr.
Out is Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala. Injured is Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. The West is open again.
One matchup to watch is Karl-Anthony Towns (26.