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Warriors vs Timberwolves: Butler has decided to play tonight

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How nice of Jimmy B to join us tonight in Oakland

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight in Oracle Arena. All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler is expected to play tonight, a development that may give Minny fans some hope.

This could guarantee the Warriors’ A-Game will be activated in this second game of their five-game homestand.

It will be interesting to see how the Timberwolves spread the ball around, with four guys in the lineup who think they can score. Andrew Wiggins, Derrick Rose, and Karl-Anthony Towns will all expect touches despite Butler’s return. With the contentious nature of their current situation post-Butler’s trade request, each Wolves game is unpredictable.

Meanwhile Warriors MVP’s Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant are as predictable as you could hope for when it comes to scoring binges this season. The great Monte Poole broke it down for NBC Sports:

“The highest-scoring duo in the last half-century was Bryant and O’Neal in 2002-03, when they put up 57.5 points per game. They did it on 49.9-percent shooting, even with most of Shaq’s shots within reach of the rim.

Entering the game against Minnesota on Friday night, Curry and Durant are at 60.8 per game. Their combined field-goal percentage is 55.4, their combined 3-point percentage 48.6. These are numbers that no teammates have ever posted.

It’s well within reach of Curry and Durant to combine for 50 percent shooting -- they did it last season (50.7). It’s reasonable to believe they can combine to shoot at least 40 percent from deep -- they did it last season (42.1).”

The Wolves better stop beefing with each other and figure out how they’re gonna deal with THAT tonight.