Warriors-Timberwolves: What to watch for

April 4, 2012, 4:11 pm
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PROGRAMMING NOTE: Watch all the action tonight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Warriors coverage begins at 4 p.m. with Warriors Central. Then get prepared for the game with Warriors Pregame Live at 4:30 p.m. Warriors vs. Timberwolves tips off at 5 p.m. with Warriors Postgame Live airing immediately following the final horn.

The Warriors have lost a season-high six consecutive games,and they will try to avoid a seventh on Wednesday against the Timberwolves inMinnesota.The Warriors will be without point guard Stephen Curry andcenter Andrew Bogut. The Timberwolves, who have lost three in a row, will bewithout point guards Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour and forward MichaelBeasley.They could also be without Darko Milicic and J.J. Barea,both of whom are questionable for Wednesdays game.Here are some things to watch for during tonightsWarriors-Timberwolves game on Wednesday night:Love vs. Lee: Kevin Love has had anincredible statistical season, averaging 26.5 points and 13.6 rebounds pergame. Hes not much of a post-up power forward, but hes become an aboveaverage 3-point shooter and also remains one of the games great rebounders.With the Warriors shorthanded up front, keeping Love from dominating on theinterior will be a challenge.Davie Lee has been the most consistent Warrior player this season,scoring and rebounding virtually each and every game. Lee will likely defendLove for stretches and it should make for a good matchup.Rookie point guard matchup: With bothteams missing point guards, it will come down to two rookies Charles Jenkinsand Malcolm Lee -- starting at that spot.Jenkins has been solid and improving since Stephen Currywent down with an injury, and he seems to be getting a better feel by the game.For one of the few times this season, Jenkins could have the advantage over hisopposition at that position on Wednesday.Play a full 48: The Warriors played wellfor approximately 40 minutes against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday. GoldenState led the Grizzlies by 12 points with a little over nine minutes remainingbut couldnt close out the game.The Warriors had great difficulty executing on offense whenthe Grizzlies turned up their defense. If the Warriors hope to win a few oftheir remaining 14 games, theyre going to have to maintain some kind of focusfor an entire game.They havent been able to do that in recent games.

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