After a one possession loss in the first game, the Warriors got blown out by the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday in their second game. They'll look to bounce back tonight with a win, but more importantly their crew of young NBA players will try to continue to work on their games and demonstrate what they might offer a team if they get a roster spot.
If nothing else, they'll have their opponents inexperience working in their favor.
The Wolves roster will feature 13 players who are all listed as rookies.
Wolves 13-man Summer League roster. pic.twitter.com/5Z6DMLJeeo— Alan Horton (@WolvesRadio) July 5, 2017
But this is probably the most important part: unlike the Warriors, they apparently don't have anyone playing who's under contract as 2017 NBA Draft lottery pick Justin Patton is injured.
Wolves go to summer league w/o any players on roster under contract (w/Patton injury.) Could make it more fun, actually.— canishoopus (@canishoopus) July 6, 2017
Kevon Looney will not play
Unfortunately, the summer Warriors will be without forward Kevon Looney due to an allergic reaction.
#Warriors assistant Jarron Collins says Kevon Looney will probably miss tonight's summer league game after having an allergic reaction— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) July 11, 2017
Although the it's only a minor setback, it's yet another in a string of medical problems that have hindered Looney's development. Obviously, there's a chance this could pass and he could be available later in Summer League, but for now let's just hope for a speedy recovery.
Summer league tournament structure
Tonight's game will be the Warriors' third and final "preliminary" game after which a tournament will begin.
According to the schedule at NBA.com, the bottom 16 teams (seeds 9-24) will begin tournament play tomorrow while the top eight seeds will get a bye. The winners of Wednesday's games will advance to face the top eight seeds. Clearly, an 0-3 team — which the Warriors would be if they lose tonight -- would be playing in one of those games tomorrow.
Either way, the Warriors will have at least one more game to play after tonight.
How to watch
What: Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves
Where: Thomas & Mack Center
When: 5:30 p.m. PST
TV: ESPN2 | Online: WatchESPN
Buddy blog: Canis Hoopus