After the Golden State Warriors were beaten by the San Antonio Spurs last Saturday, Warriors fans were expecting a more energetic and inspired performance. However, with the recent match-up against the Minnesota Timberwolves, it seems like the Golden State Warriors are gradually losing its luster after they’ve met a recent memorable loss from one of NBA’s top team this season, San Antonio Spurs.
Following their defeat against the Spurs, which somehow promulgated a defensive blueprint to stop the Warriors offensive plays, the team was once again challenged by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Instead of immediately bouncing back from a low point, the Warriors were not in its best form totaling 13 turnovers in the second half and missing some crucial baskets. The defensive stops that were showcased by the Timberwolves that night somehow exhibits similarity to what the Spurs previously did.
The Wolves managed to stop the flare of Stephen Curry missing seven of his nine 3 pointers and limiting his score below 20 points which is unusual for the reigning MVP. Yahoo Sports Eric Freeman describes the Golden State team during that night as an exhausted team and susceptible to mistakes.
“That’s not to say that the victory inspired much confidence. Golden State turned it over 13 times in the second half, shot 3-of-19 on three-pointers apart from Thompson, and committed several baffling fouls in crunch time, including a terrible one from Curry on a late Andrew Wiggins three-point attempt in a four-point game. Playing without both Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala for the second straight game (plus the long-term absence of Festus Ezeli) saw the team look tired and prone to mistakes,” Freeman shared.
With a combined team effort for the Timberwolves, they managed to enter the last two minutes with a tied score, 101-101. However, such defensive dominance was outdone by the confidence and experience of the defending champions, and the Wolves newly adapted approach fell short. Thus, proving that same trick will not work again with the Warriors.
Draymond Green finished with 24 points and 9 rebounds against the Timberwolves.
It was a tough game for both teams, especially for the Warriors. And such match serves a reminder for the Warriors that more challenges and difficulties will come their way.
”It’s been a tough stretch for us, and it’s not going to get any easier. It’s something we’ll fight through. It’s not something we haven’t been through before, and it’s not something we won’t go through again, so we’ll be fine,” Green said.
And with such statement and outcome of the game, we expect the Golden State Warriors to be on their top game as they try to break the 72-10 regular season record in the NBA, which was done by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-1996 NBA Season.
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