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Warriors vs Timberwolves preview: It's good to be home!

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Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas. It was all fun and games until we hit the “games” part of the evening as our Warriors come home from two back to back losses in LA these past few days. You know it’s going to be one helluva party at the Roaracle tonight! Oh, and it’s Slate Night at home too!

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Matchup
Golden State Warriors
23-5 (10-1 home)
vs
Minnesota Timberwolves
5-23 (2-12 road)
Details
December 27th, 2014
Oracle Arena, Oakland CA
7:30 PM PT
CSN Bay Area | TNT | KNBR 1050 AM
Blog Buddy: www.canishoopus.com
Projected Starters
Stephen Curry G Zach LaVine
Klay Thompson G Andrew Wiggins
Harrison Barnes F Thaddeus Young
Draymond Green F Shabazz Muhammad
Marreese Speights C Gorgui Dieng
Key Injuries

Andrew Bogut

Rick Rubio
Kevin Martin


Moving forward, it’s time to regroup & focus on the 5-23 Minnesota Timberwolves who just came off a loss against the Denver Nuggets last night, their 7th straight loss. With Andrew Bogut & Festus Ezeli (questionable) out for tonights home game, our Dubs need to focus on getting that win with the home crowd backing that up.

Is it too early worry about the Warriors? The good news is we still have the best record in the NBA along with the fewest losses. This last road trip to LA definitely exposed some of our weaknesses. Teams seem to be finding ways to work us in the paint with Bogut's absence. We also seem to be scoring inconsistently within quarters. Our shooting percentage can be better, shooting 42.5% FG pct / 21.5 3-pt FG pct vs LAC on Thursday. The fourth quarter killed us scoring only 16 points. Losing 3 of their last 5 games is a concern but if we can capitalize with a win at home tonight, beating the teams we're expected to beat will help the transition to these last 3 losses. Than again, I'm hoping to see a consistent Warriors team play tonight.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to erase an ugly 7-game losing streak. Two guys to look out for tonight: Thaddeus Young wrecked shop and led Minnesota's scoring with 23 points. Andrew Wiggins as right behind him with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Thaddeus and Barnes should have a great match up tonight, both these guys are fun to watch on the court. Be on the look out for Gorgui Dieng who's been a rebounding machine the last 2 games. (13 rebounds and 2 blocks last night against the Nuggets)

Tonights prediction: Win. Start the game strong and run the score up early. This Timberwolves team is still trying to find an identity in the league. We're in the same boat in terms of our current rotation and key players like Andrew Bogut out. Let's get a good shooting night out of the Splash Brothers and key contributions from Andre Iguodala & Harrison Barnes. I feel like Draymond will continue to be our X-factor in hoisting a win for the Dubs and lets not forget about a solid rotation and match up problems our team will make for Minnesota tonight. Although David Lee is still playing limited minutes, his contributions are great so far. (11 puts in 19 min, 3 reb & an assist against LAC) He's the glue holding up this team as he plays his part.

Fingers crossed, Warriors win by 11 at home.