The Warriors have been undefeated in their last three contests, consecutively claiming victories against the Rockets, Mavericks, and Sixers. Yet, they are only in sixth place in the West, and their participation in the playoffs is only partially guaranteed. This is because they went on a losing streak of three games the previous week.
The Warriors are currently tied for first place with the Clippers, having a record of 39-36, but three teams, including the Wolves, are closing the gap quickly. They will undoubtedly receive a significant boost from their upcoming three-game homestand, beginning with a clash against the Wolves.
Because Karl-Anthony Towns has missed around four months of basketball, Anthony Edwards has served as the de facto leader of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is currently in first place among all scorers with an average of almost 25 points per game, which has allowed Minnesota to avoid going under.
The good news is that KAT has returned and is performing at her best immediately. Towns played for 26 minutes in his first game back after missing time with an injury and finished with 22 points, four rebounds, and three assists. The Wolves currently have a winning run of two games going.
The bad news is that their hopes of making the playoffs are still up in the air, even though fewer than ten games are left in their season. The Wolves, the Lakers, and the Pelicans battle for a spot in the play-in tournament. Each team now has a record of 37-37 and is competing for the same spot.
Towns and Edwards will be evaluated during this game, but one of them will almost certainly have to be on the court during this important stretch. It’s been a while since we’ve seen the Wolves at full strength. Players such as Jaden McDaniels, Kyle Anderson, and Taurean Prince have stepped up as major contributors in the absence of KAT and, more lately, Edwards. These two guys have been particularly noticeable.
If the Warriors want to maintain their grasp on the sixth slot, at least for now, they will need to keep an eye out for the players, as mentioned above.