Timberwolves outlast Warriors to win 126-114

The Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (30) struggles on offense against the Minnesota Timberwolves Ricky Rubio (9) on Thu Apr 29, 2021 at the Target Center in Minneapolis (AP News photo)

By Jerry Feitelberg

The Golden State Warriors (31-32) started the final four-game road trip of the season on a sour note Thursday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Then suddenly resurgent Minnesota Timberwolves (20-44) played well in the final 12 minutes of the game to down the Warriors 126-114.

The Timberwolves have won their last four in a row and six of the last eight. Even though the Warriors lost, it was not all bad news. The Warriors will benefit if Minnesota continues to play well. If Minnesota does not finish in the top three in the lottery, the Warriors will get their first-round draft pick.

The Timberwolves currently have the third-worst record in the NBA. The Pick would not go to the Golden State if the season ended today. The Wolves, however, may pass either Detroit or Oklahoma City in the standings. If they do, the Warriors will get the pick.

The Warriors were without the services of forward Kelly Oubre, Jr. Thursday night. Oubre has been an offensive sparkplug coming off the bench. His absence meant the Warriors were down to eight players. Kent Bazemore was back in the lineup after missing several games due to NBA Covid-19 protocols.

The teams played a hotly contested game for all four quarters. The Timberwolves, coached by former Toronto Raptor assistant coach Chris Finch, took a page out of the Raptors’ playbook. Finch has his team double team, Stephen Curry, all night long. The Timberwolves decided to stop Steph and let the other four players on the court figure out how to beat them.

The Plan worked in the first quarter. The Timberwolves held Curry to five points in the first twelve minutes of action. Andrew Wiggins, facing his former teammates, carried the water for the Warriors. The game was tied at 25-25 when Minnesota went on a 10-0 run to finish the quarter leading 35-25. 

The Warriors’ second unit went on a 10-2 run early in the second quarter to get within four 39-35. The Warriors trailed until late in the first half until Curry got hot. Curry made a three to make it 55-54. The Wolves connected on a three to go ahead by four. Curry made two frees, then made a steal and a bucket to tie the game, 58-58. The Timberwolves scored the last bucket of the first half to lead 60-58. Andrew Wiggins paced the Warrior attack with 18 points. Steph had 13. Karl-Anthony Towns led the Wolves with 11. Veteran guard Rickey Rubio had 10. The Timberwolves were 10-for-21 from three-point range. 

The Timberwolves started the third quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 68-58. The Warriors did not fold. They fought back but could not get the lead back. The Warriors tied the game 87-87. Minnesota responded with a two-point basket to lead 89-87. Curry made a four-point play to give the Warriors the lead 91-87. Minnesota scored a basket and the third quarter ended with the Warriors ahead by two. 

As per head coach Steve Kerr’s plans, Curry and Draymond Green would sit on the bench for about the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. The Warriors second unit had their work cut out for them. The Wolves star rookie, Anthony Edwards, came out firing.

The Warriors had no answer. Minnesota went on a 10-2 run to lead 106-99. The Timberwolves’ defense stopped the Warriors’ offense in the last six minutes of the game. Minnesota continued to make three-pointers. Karl-Anthony Towns and Juancho Hernangomez made back-to-back threes to go ahead by ten 117-107. The Warriors ran out of time, and they lost by a final score of 126-114.

Game Notes and Stats: With the loss, The Warriors are 31-32 for the season with nine games left on the schedule. The Timberwolves are 20-44.

The Warriors had five players in double figures. Curry led the team with 37 points, six rebounds, and eight assists. Curry was 11-for-27 from the floor, and he made six threes in 17 tries. Wiggins finished with 27 points, four boards, three assists, and made three threes in six attempts.

Green had 11 points, five boards, and five assists. Bazemore had a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. Mychal Mulder had 11. As a team, the Warriors shot 49% from the floor. They made 15 threes in 38 attempts. The taller Timberwolf team outrebounded them 68-41. The Wolves pulled down 16 offensive rebounds. The Warriors had four.

Anthony Edwards led the Timberwolves with 25 points. Town had a double-double with 22 points and 11 boards. Ricky Rubio had 22. Rubio knocked down five threes. Naz Reid had 13. The Timberwolves made 20 three-point shots in 41 tries. Teams with 20 threes and shoot about 50% are 43-0.

The Warriors tipoff against the Rockets in Houston Saturday night, The game will start at 4:30 pm.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: Warriors still trying to make climb for last and final playoff spot

The look on the Golden State Warriors bench tells it all as the Dallas Mavericks dominated throughout the contest at the Chase Center in San Francisco on Tue Apr 27, 2021 (AP News photo)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 The Dallas Mavericks (34-27) left very little doubt about the how the direction of their game at Golden State (31-31) was going end up the Mavericks led from start to finish 133-103.

#2 The Mavericks Luka Doncic was unstoppable scoring 39 points the Warriors defense simply couldn’t put the stop on him.

#3 The Warriors are heading to Minnesota to tip off with the Timberwolves on Thu Apr 29 at the Target Center the last time the Warriors met the Timberwolves they swept them in a two game series back on Jan 25 and 27. How do you see this match up Thursday night?

Join David for the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday mornings at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Kings winners of two of last three games tip off against Curry and Warriors Sunday

The Sacramento Kings center Damion Jones goes for the throw down over the Minnesota Timberwolves defense on Wed Apr 21, 2021 at Golden One Center in Sacramento (Sacramento Bee News photo)

On the Kings podcast with Jeremiah:

#1 Jeremiah after losing nine straight games the Sacramento Kings (24-35) have now won two out of their last three games most recently with a win against the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-44) on Wednesday night at Golden One Center in Sacramento 128-125.

#2 Once again the Kings got help from top scorer Aaron Fox who scored 30 and Buddy Hield who finished second with 29 points.

#3 The Kings got out of the gate in the first quarter pretty strong with a ten point lead 44-34 and set the tone taking a first half lead into the intermission.

#4 In the fourth quarter the Kings solidified their lead with a 33-27 fourth quarter to get the three point win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

#5 The Kings head to San Francisco to tip off with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night for a 7:00pm tip. The Warriors Stephen Curry failed to score over 30 points for the first time in 11 games on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards Jeremiah set this game up for us for Sunday night at Chase Center.

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts Friday mornings at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria: Kings big first quarter carries them over for win against Timberwolves

The Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in scoring on Wed Apr 21, 2021 against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Golden One Center in Sacramento (file photo)

On the Kings podcast with Tony:

#1 Tony the Sacramento Kings (24-35) after their nine game losing streak have improved winning two out of their last three games. Last night they defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves (16-44) 128-125 have they got their confidence back?

#2 The Kings came right out of the gate in the first quarter with a 44-34 lead had a closer second quarter with the Timberwolves 26-25 but came away with a first half lead.

#3 Tony, the let up in the third quarter 39-25 could have costed them but they persevered with a three point win in the end does that let you know there has been some improvement in the defense.

#4 Team work always is crucial the Kings had five players in double figures last night starting with leading scorer De’Aaron Fox finishing up with 30 points.

#5 The Kings now head to San Francisco and tip off with the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. The Warriors Stephen Curry has been scoring in the high 40s. In his last game the Washington Wizards held him to only 18 points on Wednesday night in their loss to the Wizards 118-114. How do you see this match Sunday night in the City for the Kings.

Join Tony for the Sacramento Kings podcasts each Thursday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Tony Renteria Thu Apr 22, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Second times the charm Kings get by T-Wolves 128-125

Sacramento Kings De’Aaron Fox led the Kings in scoring with 30 points on Wed Apr 21, 2021 against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Golden One Arena in Sacramento (@SacramentoKings photo)

The Sacramento Kings were back in action on Wednesday night. It was the second night of a back-to-back for the Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves. The Kings also played the Timberwolves on Tuesday night beating the Kings 134-120. On Wednesday, the Kings managed to beat the Timberwolves 128-125. Before we talk about Wednesday’s game, let’s talk about Tuesday night’s game also against the Timberwolves.

Flashback Tuesday: The Kings took on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. That game didn’t go well. Going up against the worst team in the NBA the Kings were blown out 134-120. The story of the game was the defense. The Kings allowed the Timberwolves to score 35 or more points in three if the four quarters. One major takeaway was evident in the loss. That takeaway is that if the Kings ever want to compete for the playoffs they will need to play significantly better defense.

Wednesday game recap: The Sacramento Kings were set to take on the Timberwolves on the second night of a back-to-back at 7 PM PST in Sacramento.

In the first half, it was up and down for the Kings. The first quarter saw the Kings punish the Timberwolves by putting up 44 first-quarter points. The Timberwolves only managed 34 points in the first quarter. Harrison Barnes knocked down three 3-pointers in the first quarter to jumpstart the Kings offense.

In the second quarter, the Kings also outscored the Timberwolves 26-25. The Kings didn’t dominate as they did in the first quarter, but they did hold the lead. The Kings would head into halftime leading 70-59 looking to get the win.

In the second half, the Kings played up and down. The third quarter saw the Kings blow the lead with the Timberwolves scoring 39 points compared to the Kings 25. It would come down to the fourth quarter.

The Kings held the Timberwolves to 27 points in the fourth quarter and managed to score 33 themselves to take the win at home 128-125. Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox came up clutch with a 3-pointer and free throws respectively. The Kings were led by De’Aaron Fox with 30 points in the game. Karl Anthony Towns led the Timberwolves with 26 points.

The Kings will look to continue the good play into their next game.

Up Next: The Kings will take on the Golden State Warriors on Sunday in San Francisco at 7 PM PST.

Minnesota Beats Sacramento 134-120; Kings have lost last 10 of 11

The Minnesota Timberwolves Anthony Edwards (1) slams on the Sacramento Kings Tyrese Haliburton (0) at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Tue Apr 20, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

Tuesday night the Sacramento Kings took on the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Kings are coming off a very nice win against the Dallas Mavericks. In that game Harrison Barnes had an exceptional game and De’Aaron Fox came on strong in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Terence Davis had a great game with 23 points off the bench.

The Kings will need another showing much like they had against Dallas. The Timberwolves are last in the Western Conference and the Kings have another great opportunity to win a second game in a row. Sacramento will not be playing in the playoffs this year and so now it is a matter of pride; pride in your team and your city, especially since tonight the King’s welcomed fans back into Golden 1 Center for the first time in a very long time.

As the first quarter came to an end, the Kings led by the score of 43-39 in a high-scoring quarter. Buddy Hield and Maurice Harkless each had 9 points and the bench had scored 15 points in the quarter.

The Timberwolves had taken a nine point lead late in the second quarter but the Kings erased that lead. The score at the half was 74-74. Buddy Hield had 11 points, Harrison Barnes and Hassan Whiteside each had 10 for the first two quarters of the game.

The third quarter was a competitive back and forth for both teams. Sacramento would come out on top as the quarter came to an end 103-99. Every one of the Kings starters were in double digits and Chimezie Metu and Delon Wright each had 14 points off the bench.

There always seems to be those players who rise up in the fourth quarter and the Kings were no exception tonight. Harrison Barnes and Maurice Harkless each scored 20 points but it was just not enough to get by Minnesota It was a quiet evening for De’Aaron Fox who only managed 14 points. The final score was 134-120 in favor of the Timberwolves. It was all Minnesota in the final minutes.

Next up for the Kings will be tomorrow when they will again take on the Timberwolves for their final meeting of the season. Tipoff will be 7:00PM.

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson: Fox has been carrying the offensive load for Kings during skid

The Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes throws down as teammate Buddy Hield watches against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Mon Apr 5, 2021 at the Target Center in Minneapolis (AP News photo)

#1 Jeremiah, the Kings are coming off a four game losing streak after a tough loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday 116-106 they certainly are looking forward to some home cooking tonight.

#2 The Kings tried as hard as they may against the Timberwolves just had trouble getting any traction much like their previous loses.

#3 Jeremiah, losing these four games you can see there has been a drop in scoring in key quarters is this a matter of opponents turning up the defense or the Kings are just not getting the shots to fall?

#4 The Kings are pretty much relying on De’Aaron Fox who had 31 points leading the team in scoring in their last game against the Timberwolves what will it take to get another scorer to help Fox out and get the Kings over the hump to win some of these games?

#5 The Detroit Pistons tip off with the Kings tonight the Pistons have won only three in their last ten games the good news is the Kings are back at home at Golden One Center the bad news possibly will they struggle or play down to the level of the Pistons tonight?

Join Jeremiah for the Kings podcasts each Friday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Sacramento Kings podcast with Jeremiah Salmonson Thu Apr 8, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

Kings Lose Fourth In a Row 116-106

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) is fouled by Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Mon Apr 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

By Barbara Mason

The Sacramento Kings have not won a game since March 31st. Since that win they have lost four games in a row. They fell to the Spurs, the Lakers, the Bucks by a single point and lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night the final score was 116-106. Prior to that they had won five games in a row. The bottom line is that they have been playing very competitive basketball.

They are 3.5 games out of eighth place and so a playoff run is not out of the question but with only about 22 games left in the regular season it’s time to really put it all out there.

Monday afternoon the Kings took on the Minnesota. Minnesota is currently in last place in the Western Conference with only 12 wins. This was a game that Sacramento needed to win.

The Kings got off to a good start and finished the first quarter leading 29-26. Although leading for most of the first half, they needed to put a lot more distance between themselves and Minnesota.

The Timberwolves just kept hanging around. There was not much help off the bench. But De’Aaron Fox had the high score for the first half with 20 points after a slow start. As the second half came to an end the Kings and the Timberwolves were tied at 55.

The second half needed a lot more offense from Hield, Holmes and Haliburton. All three of these guys need to make a difference in every game from here on out if the playoffs are in their future. As the second quarter came to an end both Fox and Hield had some nice offense setting up a promising second half.

As the third quarter came to an end the Kings and Minnesota were all knotted up at 82 and the Kings were fighting for their lives in this one.

The Kings all but fell apart in the fourth quarter. With less than five minutes left in the game they were trailing by 11points. This game was winnable and the Kings have the talent to beat the Timberwolves but again it was the defense that reared it’s ugly head. A defense that would match the offense would be a very nice thing for the Sacramento Kings. 

This is a game that Sacramento should have won. Fox finished with 31 points, Harrison Barnes with 21, and Buddy Hield with 18 points. The bench was ok and there is no explanation other then their defensive woes. Each loss from here on out takes them further and further away from any playoff hopes

The Kings will next take on the Pistons Thursday night in another winnable game against a last place team. Tipoff is at 7:00PM.

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor: How serious is Golden State about trading Wiseman?

Golden State Warriors rookie center James Wiseman the center of trade rumors has the Minnesota Timberwolves shopping. The Warriors are asking for some of a “generational superstar” status (image from USA Today)

On the Warriors podcast with David:

#1 With the trade talks about Warriors rookie center James Wiseman would it be safe to say the Warriors have given up on Wiseman and why?

#2 Were the Warriors opened to trading Wiseman to the Minnesota Timberwolves but want someone of the caliber of a Joel Embiid or Giannis Antekounmpo. Warriors sources have said they would have to acquire a “generational superstar.”

#3 The Warriors are back against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night as we just mentioned they’re open to making a deal for Wiseman does this reflect some of the concern they many have being on a three game losing streak and having struggled this season and Stephen Curry carrying a lot of the weight?

David Zizmor does the Warriors podcasts each Wednesday at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

Golden State Warriors podcast with David Zizmor Wed Mar 10, 2021 by Sports Radio Service | Free Listening on SoundCloud

 

Warriors grind out a 123-111 win over the Timberwolves

Photo credit: @warriors

By Jerry Feitelberg

SAN FRANCISCO — The Golden State Warriors downed the Minnesota Timberwolves 123-111 Wednesday night at the Chase Center.

The Warriors had their hands full with a young Minnesota team. Their point guard, D’Angelo Russell, and their best player, Karl-Anthony Towns, were not in the lineup. Russell is recovering from a quadriceps injury, and Towns has to sit out due to the NBA protocol for the coronavirus.

Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders was ready to play defense Wednesday night. The Warriors, no strangers to playing great defense, had to work hard to finish the first quarter with a meager two-point advantage 23-21. Warriors forward, Kelly Oubre Jr., had to go to the bench as he picked two fouls in the first minute of the game. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr picked Kent Bazemore to replace Oubre. Bazemore responded by scoring seven of the Warriors’ first nine points. 

Oubre returned to start the second quarter. He knocked down 16 points to lead the Warriors to a 58-51 lead at the end of the first half. Oubre had the highest-scoring quarter of his career. He was also a force on defense. He had two steals and a blocked shot. The Warriors needed Oubre’s offensive performance as Steph Curry was ice cold in the first half. Curry had two points on 1-for-9 shooting.

Warriors star rookie, James Wiseman, kicked in with 14 points. Wiseman was 3-for-3 shooting 3-pointers. Andrew Wiggins had 8.

Timberwolves rookie phenom, Anthony Edwards, showed the Warriors and the NBA why he was the number one pick in the NBA Draft this year. He finished with 15 points and connected on three 3s.

As they have done so many times over the past six seasons, the Warriors won the third quarter 37-24. As everyone knows, Steph Curry can’t be bottled up all night. Curry started to make buckets. Damion Lee made two 3s, and Andrew Wiggins continued to drive the lanes to help the Warriors break open the game. The Warriors were leading 79-67 when they went on a 13-0 run to lead 90-67. They finished the third quarter with a 20-point advantage 95-75.

The Timberwolves continued to play hard. The Warriors refused to wilt. The Timberwolves cut the lead to 12 points, 112-100. The Warriors responded as they built the lead back to 16 points, 116-100. Steve Kerr pulled Curry off the floor. The Warriors held on to win 121-111. 

Game Notes and Stats: With the win, the Warriors are 10-8 for the season. The Timberwolves are 4-13.

James Wiseman had a career-high 25 points to lead the team in scoring. Kelly Oubre had 20 points, nine rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot in 20 minutes of playing time. Andrew Wiggins continued to play well at both ends of the court. Andrew tallied 19 points and three boards. Steph Curry had 16 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and he made four three. Curry has made a three-point in 80 consecutive games. Draymond Green’s line was six points, six rebounds, and eight assists. Kevon Looney recorded ten rebounds in 11 minutes. Damion Lee had a season-high 17 points. Lee knocked down four threes.

The Warriors shot 53% from the floor and held the Timberwolves to 42.5%. The Timberwolves made 14 3s, while the Warriors made 15. The Warriors moved the ball well and recorded 32 assists.

One stat that Steve Kerr would not like is the number of turnovers committed. The Warriors turned the ball over 21 times. That number will get Kerr very grumpy.

Up Next: The Warriors play the Suns in Phoenix on Thursday night. The game will start at 7 pm PT.