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- Minnesota’s depleted roster not going to be any deeper tonight. There was hope that Nikola Pekovic and maybe even Brandon Roy would be available tonight but with a five day break before their next game it was determined that giving them that extra time was in the team’s best interest. J.J. Barea, Chase Budinger, Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Roy and Pekovic make up the six players among the team’s 15 roster who are injured.
- The Wolves did however sign veteran Josh Howard and he will be available to play tonight. “Whatever coach decides,” Howard said about possibly playing tonight. “I’m going to give it my all, it will be my first time playing since we lost in the playoffs. But I’ve been working out in Dallas, staying in shape, just trying to stay ready as best as possible.” Wolves coach Rick Adelman on Howard: “He picks things up pretty quickly. Any veteran like that sort of knows, and we know we can run certain things to make him comfortable. He’ll be okay. We’re trying to keep it simple, hopefully he can give us some energy off the bench.”
- The Warriors are coming off a home win over Atlanta on Wednesday night but they have a two-game road losing streak as they play in Minneapolis tonight. Last Friday they lost in L.A. to the Lakers by 24 points and then on Saturday they dropped an overtime game in Denver. It is also worth noting, though completely irrelevant, that the Warriors have an 11-game losing streak on Friday night games dating back to March of 2011.
- Golden State rookie Harrison Barnes had his best game as a pro on Wednesday against Atlanta. The forward recorded his first double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds.
- Tonight will see two teams who have had success on the defensive end of the floor. Minnesota currently leads the NBA in scoring defense allowing 88.5 points per game and they are second in defensive field goal percentage, at 41.4 percent. Golden State ranks fifth in defensive field goal percentage, allowing opponents to shoot 41.9 percent and have held opponents in six of eight games to under 40 percent from the floor.
- Warriors coach Mark Jackson on the Timberwolves’ defense and depth: “Defensively this team is much better tahn in the past. And they’re professionals. Their depth is really carrying them right now. You add a [Andrei] Kirilenko, the guy can play 2-3 positions and defend anybody on the floor.”
– Tom Coyer