Not so Golden; Wolves lose 105-89

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Klay Thompson is just too big and physical for any Wolves guard

Jonah: The only positive I tried grasping onto throughout watching the game was the fact that the Wolves weren’t getting blown out. But that was in the first half and the game ended in, well, a blowout. And deservedly so for that sloppy effort. Anywho, the silver lining through it all has been the play of Andrei Kirilenko as of late. He had a starter-high 15 points tonight and converted all six of his charity stripe strokes. He’s been the consistent go-to guy on offense in the last three games, which is frightening to think about but it’s a fact.

Also worth mentioning, the Wolves assisted 29 of their 33 made field goals. Not sure how to spin that but that’s certainly impressive.

Tom: Fifteen shots is a lot for Chase Budinger in 27 minutes off the bench, but it was encouraging to see him moving well without the ball. Several times, Minnesota ran pin-down screens for Budinger that resulted in decent mid-range jumpers. What’s more, we saw him making some nice cuts to the basket and running out in transition. He also shot 2-4 from 3-point range for the evening. The healthier Budinger gets, the more watchable the Wolves are. Most nights, that is. They weren’t really very watchable tonight.

Derek: Timberwolves lost by 16 with just 10 turnovers. You don’t see that happen everyday.

Three Negatives:

Jonah: Klay Thompson is just a nightmare for the Wolves. In fact, it’s simply acid in the wound knowing that he’d be the perfect compliment to Rubio on our side. But he went off tonight for 30, exposing Adelman’s platoon of point-guards-turned-shooting-guards. There’s not a whole lot you can do but do your best to force Thompson to penetrate instead of shooting over the top. The Wolves were horrible at closing out and felt the heat from Thompson’s red-hot fingers.

Tom: Ricky. :( What the hell was that buddy? A 6/2 assist-to-turnover ratio isn’t bad, but an 0-10 shooting night is borderline disastrous, especially in a game that was close for the first 30 minutes or so. What’s worse is that Rubio’s shots seemed to get more and more wild as the game went on, including a couple of awful mid-range jumpers. One jumper in transition hit the side of the backboard. Just not a good night from the floor.

Derek: There is no way to put it lightly: Nikola Pekovic struggled tonight. But to the Warriors’ credit, they did an excellent job forcing Pek to post up Andrew Bogut far enough out where Pek wouldn’t be able to muscle his way to the basket. Then when he got to the rim they had a body on him there, too. The Timberwolves definitely could have used a big game from Pek tonight, but the Warriors scouted him very well and executed their plan on him even better.

Three Observations:

Jonah: Always nice to see Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson get some burn, even in the waning, meaningless minutes of a blowout. Those two will likely find new homes next year so I enjoy watching them play regardless of the score.

Tom: Just a general rule of thumb: If you find yourself halfway through the third quarter hoping that JJ Barea is going to save you and it ISN’T the 2011 Western Conference Playoffs, there’s a solid chance your team isn’t going to win the game. Just something to keep in mind.

Derek: Timberwolves total points in the second half: 35. Warriors third quarter points: 31. Just sayin’…

(Also, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson combined for 19 of the Warriors’ 24 three point attempts. That’s insane.)

Next up: The Wolves head to L.A. to take on the Clippers Wednesday night.