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The Warriors (17-2) will chase their 13th consecutive win Monday night at Target Center against a Timberwolves team that has lost five straight and is ill-equipped to overcome a quality opponent.
Though the Timberwolves (4-15) are struggling, with three starters out injured, the Warriors can't take anything granted, much less look ahead to their home game Wednesday night against the dangerous Rockets.
"We're respecting the process," guard Shaun Livingston said. "We're not getting caught up in all the hype and the streak and everything else. That's great. We recognize it, but at the same time, it's the process of going out there every game and competing, playing our game. It's about us. It's not about who we're playing."
Warriors by 12.5.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Draymond Green vs. Thaddeus Young -- Young is Minny's best available offensive player, which is just the kind of defensive challenge Green craves. If Young, a power forward, is shut down, the Wolves likely go down with him.
Harrison Barnes vs. Andrew Wiggins --Two former prep All-Americans who entered college on rafts of incredible hype, Barnes has the advantage of being in the NBA for three seasons. The rookie small forward is a load, but he's years away from knowing how good he can be.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1) Bring the edge --The biggest challenge for the Warriors is to maintain focus against a team that might be the worst in the league.
2) Lock 'em up --The Timberwolves are 1-12 when held under 45 percent shooting. No opponent during the win streak has shot as well.
3) Get 'em early -- Minny is 1-14 when trailing after three quarters. The Warriors ought to be able to rest their starters for most of the second half. Take advantage.
Warriors – F David Lee (strained L hamstring) is listed as out indefinitely.
Timberwolves – G Mo Williams (back spasms) is listed as questionable. G Ricky Rubio (sprained L ankle), G Kevin Martin (fractured R wrist), C Nikola Pekovic (sprained R wrist) and C Ronny Turiaf (hip soreness) are listed as out.
The Warriors have won 14 of the last 17 meetings overall and nine of the last 10 in Minneapolis, including the last five in a row.