Programming note: Watch "Warriors Outsiders" tonight at 10:30pm on NBC Sports Bay Area, followed by Warriors-Timberwolves from China at 11pm.
Playing the second of four games on their preseason schedule, the Warriors will need to make three significant adjustments when facing the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.
The first two are the location and the tipoff time. The game will be played halfway around the world, at the Shenzhen Universiade Center in Shenzhen, China at 11 p.m. Pacific time and can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area.
The third adjustment is to the opponent. Minnesota during the offseason underwent a major redesign, resulting in 10 new faces, including three new starters: guards Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, and power forward in Taj Gibson. They’ve also added veteran guards Jamal Crawford and Aaron Brooks as reserves.
This is the first of two games in China between the teams as part of the NBA’s Global Games initiative.
Warriors by 6
Warriors: No injuries listed.
Timberwolves: Rookie C Justin Patton (L foot surgery recovery) is listed as out.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH
ACTION BEYOND THE ARC: After shooting 12.1 percent (4-of-33) from 3-point range in their preseason opener last Saturday, the Warriors, though hardly alarmed, will seek to post numbers more representative of their shooting skill.
TRACKING THE KAT: Minnesota C Karl-Anthony Towns is among the best big men in the league. And he’s only 21. The Warriors will try a variety of defenders, from starters Draymond Green and Kevin Durant to reserves JaVale McGee and Damian Jones.
SIZE MATTERS: The Warriors love the play small, while the Timberwolves go the opposite direction, starting only one player (Teague) under 6-8 -- with 6-11 former starters Gorgui Dieng coming off the bench. This should be an early look at how the Warriors will deal with opponents boasting great length.