NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, February 4th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (21-24) at Golden State Warriors (20-25), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Golden State Warriors play the middle contest of a three-game homestand when they welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves to The Arena in Oakland.
Golden State will try and put the brakes on a two-game losing streak. On Thursday, Tony Parker scored a game-high 23 points and dished out six assists to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 89-86 victory over the Warriors at The Arena.
Troy Murphy finished with 22 points and seven rebounds for the Warriors, who have lost six of their last seven games overall. Baron Davis ended with 17 points, eight boards and eight assists, while Derek Fisher added 12 points off the bench.
On the injury front for Golden State, high-flying guard Jason Richardson (back) is questionable for tonight's game. He has missed four straight contests with the injury. The 6-6 Richardson is the Warriors leading scorer (22.8 ppg).
The Warriors, who will play the Denver Nuggets on Monday in the finale of the stand, are 12-13 as the host this season. They have lost three of their last four at The Arena.
Minnesota attempts to halt a two-game losing streak as it plays the third contest of a four-game road trip. On Friday, Zach Randolph scored 19 points, including seven straight late in the fourth quarter, and pulled down 13 rebounds to help lift the Portland Trail Blazers past the Timberwolves, 89-85, at the Rose Garden.
Kevin Garnett scored 27 points on a blistering 12-of-13 from the floor to go along with 15 boards and four assists in the loss to Portland for the Timberwolves, who have lost six of their last eight games overall. Ricky Davis added 17 points and Marcus Banks netted 15 and dished out five assists in defeat.
The Timberwolves are just 7-16 as the visitor this season. They will visit reigning MVP Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns on Monday at US Airways Center.
This is the first of four meetings between the clubs this season.
The Timberwolves have won four of the last five contests in this series. Minnesota has won two straight and five of its last seven at Golden State.
02/04 10:14:21 ET