With just 15 games left, however, the Warriors are starting to finally have to toss aside the noise, and put together some iteration of the championship squad they are.
The Wolves had dropped three in a row before Karl-Anthony Towns delivered 31 points and 16 rebounds in a 109-103 win over the visiting Warriors. Swingman Andre Iguodala (sprained left wrist) and center Jordan Bell (sprained right ankle) are probable after each sat out the past three games. Notably, the Warriors lost in both games. Golden State went on to win 110-107.
Nikola Jokic recorded his seventh triple-double of the season by providing 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Nuggets' 130-104 laugher over the Kings.
And let's be clear: the lack of involvement on Towns' part isn't exclusively the fault of Tom Thibodeau and the offense; there are plenty of instances in which Towns is content to linger on the perimeter and even passes up mostly-open 3-point attempts - something that a 41.4 percent long-range shooter should never do, regardless of his height or position. "More than anything, we just looked a little exhausted". This will be another hard week for the Warriors to grind through all these minor but not insignificant injuries. "But I think these guys will be back in time for us to find the rhythm that we need". Boston led by 10 at halftime before point guard Kyrie Irving left the game with a sore left knee.
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The Timberwolves have slipped to sixth in the Western Conference, where four games separate third place from 10th.
"My wind was good", Rose said, "but as far as rust, yeah, losing the ball, just not there yet".
But the Timberwolves responded with consecutive baskets from Towns. Gibson reached double-digits in scoring for the 18th time in the last 21 games.
Durant was a game-worst minus-19 when he was on the floor, and Golden State's starting lineup struggled once again without Stephen Curry, who remains out with an ankle injury. Draymond can't seem to shoot anymore, Klay's defense has dipped up and down all season, the bench has virtually zero shot creators outside of a few outlier moments, and a defense that has tried to lock in for entire games, has also given up massive quarters to the likes of the Brooklyn Nets and Washington Wizards.