Instant Replay: Warriors fight back, fall in final seconds to T'Wolves

Instant Replay: Warriors fight back, fall in final seconds to T'Wolves


Klay Thompson clearly has recaptured his shot. The Warriors, however, have not rediscovered their magic.

Falling behind early and missing 3-pointers throughout Friday night, the Warriors took a 103-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins, who missed two free throws 18 seconds earlier, drained a pair with 12.8 seconds to play to clinch the victory.

Thompson poured in a game-high 30 points to keep the Warriors in the game. Stephen Curry had another poor shooting night (10-of-27), but finished with 26 points and Ian Clark came off the bench to add 10.

The Warriors (52-13) played ferocious defense in the fourth quarter, holding the Timberwolves to 15 points on 26.3-percent shooting, but it wasn’t quite enough to gain the victory.

After going nearly two years without suffering back-to-back losses, the Warriors have lost twice in a row on two occasions over the past eight days. They’ve lost four of their last six games.

The primary culprit is poor 3-point offense, as they struggled once again shooting 29.2 percent (7-of-24) beyond the arc.

Center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points to pace the Timberwolves (27-37), who led for most of the game.


Several Warriors did their part, though none more than Thompson.

Thompson’s line: 30 points (12-of-22 from the field, 3-of-6 from deep, 3-of-4 from the line), six rebounds, two assists and one steal. He played 36 minutes and finished plus-9.


The teams were never more than five points apart over the final nine minutes, though the Warriors took a lead on a Curry floater with 19.7 seconds remaining. Wiggins made the decisive free throws shortly thereafter.


Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (rest) and F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) were listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Timberwolves: G/F Brandon Rush (illness) was listed as probable and upgraded to available. G Zach LaVine (L knee surgery) and C Nikola Pekovic (Chronic R ankle pain) were listed as out.


The Warriors left immediately after the game for San Antonio, where on Saturday they face the Spurs at AT&T Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. Pacific.

Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings


Casspi rolls ankle, leaves game vs Kings

OAKLAND -- Omri Casspi sustained a sprained right ankle with 9:00 left in the second quarter of the Warriors-Kings game Friday night and did not return.

After dropping in a short hook shot with 9:04 left in the quarter, Casspi landed awkwardly, rolling his ankle and dropping to the floor clutching his lower leg. Down for a couple minutes, he eventually got up and limped into the locker room, accompanied by physical performance specialist Chelsea Lane.

Casspi played six minutes off the bench, producing 6 points, one assist and one rebound against his former team.

He joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Pat McCaw and Klay Thompson on the sideline.

Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks


Kevin Durant ruled out for at least two weeks

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will return to their relatively normal selves sometime early next month.

That’s at the very soonest, and assuming all goes well over the next three weeks.

Add Kevin Durant to the list of All-Stars who will miss significant time. The forward underwent an MRI test Friday that revealed “an incomplete rib cartilage fracture” that will keep him out of the lineup at least two weeks.

Durant, the team’s leading scorer at 26.6 points per game, joins No. 2 scorer Stephen Curry and No. 3 scorer Klay Thompson on the sideline. Curry will be out at least another week, Thompson closer to two weeks.

The upshot: The Warriors' slim chance of overtaking the Rockets for the No. 1 overall seed are fading toward invisibility.

With the playoffs four weeks away, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will spend the rest of this month juggling lineups and rotations with the limited available options.

The first replacement starter at small forward, Friday night against Sacramento, is Andre Iguodala. Kerr over the next couple weeks likely will try several options. Omri Casspi is another possibility, as well as Draymond Green getting some minutes at small forward. The decisions will be based mostly on matchups.

Durant, however, may be the ultimate NBA mismatch insofar as there is no other 6-foot-11 small forward with his broad skills and versatility.

“They said (I’ll be out) a couple weeks,” he said prior to tipoff against the Kings. “I’m just trying to get healthy. Just trying to make sure I’m out there and able to be me on the court.

“It’s not great, timing-wise, but it’s all about feeling better when I’m out there playing.”

Durant sustained the injury last Sunday in Minnesota, after taking an elbow to the ribs from Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns.

“I thought it was just a little contusion,” said Durant, who will not go on the upcoming road trip to Phoenix and San Antonio.

Durant played through the discomfort Wednesday night against the Lakers, leading the Warriors in scoring with 26 points. During that game, he went to close out and “felt something stretch and pull.”

After going through a light practice Thursday, pain intensified, leading to the MRI test and diagnosis.

“I wish we were out there hooping and using these days to get better and sharpening up our skills,” he said. “But that’s what happens when you play a contact sport. Stuff happens.

“It could have been worse for all three of us. But, luckily, it’s not.”