The Warriors have a good chance to get back to winning ways this week as they take on three teams below.500 - the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.
The Golden State Warriors have been without Stephen Curry the last two games and it was announced on Tuesday that they'll be without him for at least four more. The second time around, Jimmy Butler was out and Towns kept the Wolves in the game as long as he could, scoring 31 points (13-24 FG, 1-5 3P, 4-6 FT) with 11 rebounds and five assists. The Rockets have enjoyed a historic season, including a 17-game win streak. For real. Find me another coach who is going to let the players coach themselves, or cancel a workday because the star player's party was too lit?More news: Poland's Kwiatkowski in lead of Tirreno-Adriatico race
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Even though Steph Curry is set to miss another game for the Warriors, will Golden State's matchup with the Timberwolves today in Minnesota still turn into a shootout? They lost both games, falling to the Trail Blazers, 125-108, and the Timberwolves, 109-103. Steph Curry would not be present for either of these games.
Twenty minutes after losing their second straight game for just the second time this season, Warriors players filtered out from the showers.
Klay Thompson had 21 points for the Warriors, who led by as much as 57-45 in the third quarter, but he went 3 for 12 from 3-point range.
The Pacers are a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the Central Division lead after Julius Randle hit for 36 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Lakers' 127-113 downing of the sputtering Cavaliers. It will also be a tale of two tempos as the up-tempo Warriors rank fifth in possessions per game, while the more methodical Timberwolves rank 23rd. The team needs work on defensive rebounds per game (#27), blocks per game (#23) and three point percentage (#19).