Who do you want the Warriors to play in Round 1?


Who do you want the Warriors to play in Round 1?

The Warriors' season is over as they enter the playoffs the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. Their opponent though, is still up in the air.

On the final day of the NBA season, the No. 7 seed is up for grabs in the West. The Warriors will either play the T'Wolves, Pelicans, Nuggets, or Spurs. 

The Warriors went 2-1 vs. the T'Wolves this season, 3-1 vs. the Pelicans, 2-2 vs. the Nuggets, and 3-1 vs. the Spurs. 

Who do you want to see Golden State play in Round 1? 

4 possibilities in Round 1. Who do you want to face? 🤔

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Warriors need big boost from bench against T'Wolves


Warriors need big boost from bench against T'Wolves

Update (11:24 a.m.): Insider Monte Poole has learned Andre Iguodala will not play against the T'Wolves.


The Warriors are hopeful Andre Iguodala can return to the rotation Sunday afternoon when they face the Timberwolves at Target Center in Minneapolis.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 11:30 a.m., with postgame coverage immediately following the final horn. The game telecast is on ABC.

In losing to the Trail Blazers on Friday in Portland, the Warriors (51-15) were without five rotation players, including Iguodala, but the veteran forward who has missed the last two games was upgraded to questionable for Sunday.

Since losing All-Star wing Jimmy Butler on Feb. 23, Minnesota (38-29) has lost four of six, with the only wins coming over the lottery-bound Kings and Bulls.


Warriors by 4.5


JaVale McGee & Co. vs. Karl-Anthony Towns: KAT is having another stellar season and is averaging 21.3 points (on 53.7 percent shooting) and 12.5 rebounds in six games since the break. He’s effective both in the paint and from deep. McGee has started the last nine games and likely will get the first shot at Towns, but expect several others, including Draymond Green and maybe Kevin Durant, to take turns.


Warriors: G Quinn Cook (R hand contusion) questionable/ F Andre Iguodala (L wrist sprain), F/G Jordan Bell (R ankle sprain), G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) and F/C David West (R arm cyst) are listed as out.

Timberwolves: G Jimmy Butler (R knee surgery) is listed as out.


Warriors: 8-2.

Timberwolves: 4-6.


Mike Callahan (crew chief), Nick Buchert, Scott Wall


The Warriors won the first two of three meetings this season, 125-101 on Nov. 8 in Oakland and 126-113 on Jan. 25 in Oakland. The Warriors won three of four meetings last season and are 11-2 against Minnesota in the Steve Kerr era.


THE ROTATION GAME: If Iguodala can play, it solves several problems for coach Steve Kerr. It improves overall defense and ball movement while also providing perfect platoon with Shaun Livingston. If Iguodala is out (and Cook, also questionable, is out) it puts more of a playmaking burden on Green and Durant. That’s less than ideal.

THE BENCH CREW: After getting roasted in most every way in Portland, the sub club needs to bounce back. An Iguodala return would provide an immediate boost. It’ll be a long day for the Warriors if Nick Young isn’t cooking for them and Jamal Crawford is ripping the nets for the Wolves.

OPPORTUNTIES FOR KLAY: In eight games since the All-Star break, Klay Thompson is averaging 17.5 ppg, shooting 38.8 percent from deep and has topped 20 points only twice. With Curry out, it’s imperative that he bears more of the scoring burden. He’ll have his chances against a Minnesota defense ranked 25th in the NBA.

Two young Kings stand out in loss to history-seeking T-Wolves


Two young Kings stand out in loss to history-seeking T-Wolves

SACRAMENTO -- When you’ve lost four straight and sit at the bottom of the league in wins, you search for small victories. In Monday night’s 118-100 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, second-year big man Skal Labissiere’s number stood out in an otherwise dreary boxscore.

The 21-year-old power forward went to work on the offensive end, putting up 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting over veteran Taj Gibson. It was a solid game for the the second-year-big, but he wasn’t satisfied with his performance following the loss.

“For me, it’s on the defensive end,” Labissiere told NBC Sports California. “I don’t think I did a good job on the defensive end. Hopefully tomorrow, I’ll tune that up.”

Playing in just his third game since returning from a shoulder injury, Labissiere started and played 31 minutes at the power forward position. He’s still trying to shake off the rust after an extended layoff.

“I’m still getting my legs under me after being out almost a month,” Labissiere said. “It’s going to come.”

In his first game back on Thursday, Labissiere matched up with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony. He held his own against a ball dominant, isolation player. On Saturday against the Lakers, it was stretch four Kyle Kuzma that lined up opposite Labissiere and he looked more comfortable than he has all season defending the perimeter.

Against the T-Wolves, Gibson tried to bully Labissiere in the post using his strength. The veteran forward finished the night with 15 points and five rebounds in nearly 35 minutes of play.

“It’s all part of the learning process for me, learning how to play both [inside and on the perimeter],” Labissiere said. “It’s an adjustment and I think I’ll figure it out.”

Labissiere will face another versatile four Tuesday night in Portland in 6-foot-9 Al-Farouq Aminu. If he lets Aminu loose on the perimeter, it could be another long night for Sacramento.

Welcome to Sacramento

The Kings acquired 22-year-old, Bruno Caboclo, in a swap for Malachi Richardson at the NBA trade deadline earlier this month. The Brazilian-born forward has played sparingly in his three-plus seasons since being drafted with the 20th overall selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, seeing just 113 minutes of total time with the Toronto Raptors.

On Monday night against the T-Wolves, Caboclo saw his first action in a Kings uniform, playing almost 19 minutes of Dave Joerger’s bench. He’s a long and rangy athlete that is still waiting for a real opportunity in the league.

“It felt good, it’s the first opportunity I’ve had here,” Caboclo told NBC Sports California following the game. “I’m still struggling a little of bit with a couple of plays, but my teammates helped me.”

Caboclo didn’t looked overwhelmed by the action. He finished the night with four points on 2-of-7 shooting. He missed all three of his long range attempts, but he managed to grab three rebounds, dish out an assist and pick up a steal in his first run in Sacramento.

“It’s very exciting,” Caboclo said. “I got more of a taste of playing the NBA game. This is kind of like one of my first times I got minutes, so it feels good.”

Games That Matter

The Minnesota Timberwolves are fighting for their playoff dreams. For the last 13 seasons, they’ve finished on the outside looking in of the NBA’s second season. It’s the longest current playoff drought in the league and the second longest streak in NBA history.

Despite facing a blow to their playoff chance with the injury to All-Star shooting guard, Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves sit 12 games over .500 at 38-26. They currently sit in third place in the Western Conference standings behind the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors with 18 games remaining on their schedule.