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Two road-weary teams meet in Minneapolis on Sunday night before heading in opposite directions when the Minnesota Timberwolves host the Golden State Warriors.

The Timberwolves won’t get a chance to unpack in what is nothing more than a stopover between trips to Memphis and New York.

When last seen at home Jan. 5, Minnesota handled Oklahoma City 98-90 in the first half of a straight streak. The Timberwolves then traveled to Oklahoma City for a 135-105 win that opened up a four-city trip when they went 2-2.

Sunday’s game will be their seventh game in a row that will be played on a different ground than their previous outing, a streak that, remarkably, will also continue for their next seven games until they secure a home game of two games against the Utah Jazz and Denver Nuggets. between January and February.

Minnesota is coming off back-to-back losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies but showed off their improved play this season by leading the searing Grizzlies for most of three quarters in a 116-108 loss on Thursday. .

The Timberwolves Big Three of Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards put on a fine show in Memphis, combining for 84 points. Jarred Vanderbilt and Patrick Beverley completed a well-balanced top-five effort with a combined 11 points, 21 rebounds and six assists.

Some teams don’t believe in “good losses”. The Timberwolves are not one of them.

“I really think we’re close,” insisted Russell after the game. “I think we are there. I think we are right. But until we agree to do those little things, we won’t find a way to win the game.

Another measuring stick is coming to town in the form of the Warriors, who coincidentally lost to the Grizzlies by the same score (116-108) to herald a four-game road trip.

They then had one of their lows (a 118-99 shellacking in Milwaukee) and one of their highs (a 138-96 in Chicago), and now face one final hurdle before a 12 homestand. days and seven games. .

Despite a third straight game without an injured Draymond Green and a night off for Klay Thompson, the Warriors shocked the Bulls with a 78-point first half and a career-best outburst from rookie Jonathan Kuminga.

Enjoying extra playing time in Green’s absence, Kuminga went for a game-high 25 points in Chicago, making a string of shots that impressed even his veteran teammates.

“He can jump out of the gym. He is fast. He is strong like (an ox). He has everything,” said teammate Andrew Wiggins. “And today he showed up. He was rim aggressive, hitting his shots, playing amazing defense. The sky is the limit for him.

Kuminga never came off the bench in Golden State’s 123-110 home win over the Timberwolves in November. The Warriors were able to make up for Edwards’ 48 points with more team effort, led by Wiggins’ 35 and Stephen Curry’s 25.

Kevon Looney helped the cause by holding Towns in check. In fact, Looney’s numbers were almost a mirror image of what Towns put together, with his 11 points and 17 rebounds matching Towns’ 17 points and 11 rebounds.

–Field level media

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