After a historic, record-breaking performance Friday night against the Orlando Magic, the Golden State Warriors can certainly apply a couple things from that matchup to tonight's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
While the Warriors made a franchise-record 21 three-pointers on Friday night, they certainly cannot depend on that type of lights-out shooting on a consistent basis.
What they can do, however, is build upon the following.
Both Warriors guards were effective with the ball without turning it over on Friday. Monta Ellis had 39 points and 11 assists, while Stephen Curry added 22 points and 12 assists of his own.
These statistics tell Warriors fans two things. First, if Ellis and Curry limit their turnovers, the Warriors should come away with a victory more times than not. Second, if both guards finish with double-doubles in points and assists, odds are they're getting a third scorer involved.
Fortunately for the Warriors, on Friday that third scorer was Dorell Wright.
Wright had 32 points against the Magic, and he was hugely important to the Warriors' offense when they trailed the Magic by 21 points at the end of the first half.
Finally, Warriors fans should be shocked and refreshingly surprised to see the defensive effort of David Lee. In the second half, Lee was assigned to guard Magic center Dwight Howard.
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With Lee's defensive intensity, Howard's offense became almost invisible in the second half.
That focus on defense must continue tonight against the Timberwolves. Whether or not Lee takes on the assignment of guarding double-double machine Kevin Love, the Warriors must make extra efforts to rebound the ball.
In their last match-up against Minnesota, Love finished with 37 points and 23 rebounds. The Warriors have the advantage at the guard positions; if they can contain Love's points in the paint they should come away with a victory tonight at Oracle Arena.
The game begins at 6:00 PM PST.