Programming note: Warriors-Timberwolves coverage starts tonight at 4:30 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, and streaming live right here.
UPDATE (Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.) -- Despite being listed as questionable, Draymond Green is in the Warriors' starting lineup Wednesday night, the team announced.
Steve Kerr believes the Warriors play with more of an edge when facing an opponent that poses a very real threat. That's precisely what awaits them Wednesday night at Target Center.
The Warriors (41-9) confront the Minnesota Timberwolves, and it won't be the outfit they've come to know and rout.
Though the Warriors thrashed them twice earlier this season, the Wolves (11-41) finally are healthy – and worthy of being taken seriously by any team in the league. They've won three of four, with the potent Grizzlies one of their victims.
Center Nikola Pekovic, shooting guard Kevin Martin and point guard Ricky Rubio – all of whom missed the previous meetings – have returned to the starting lineup in the past three weeks.
The Warriors are wrapping up a four-game road trip going into the All-Star break.
Warriors by 10.5.
MATCHUPS TO WATCH
Klay Thompson vs. Kevin Martin -- Thompson has struggled mightily the past two games (9-of-36 shooting, 3-of-12 from beyond the arc) and might perk up at the sight of a player offered in the proposed Thompson-for-Kevin Love deal. Martin is a one-way player, a streaky shooter but irrelevant on defense.
Andrew Bogut vs. Nikola Pekovic -- Bogut rarely has been himself during the past three games and appears to be playing hurt. The good news: Big Pek rarely leaves the paint. The bad news: Big Pek is a 6-foot-11, 295-pound bulging bicep of a man.
Harrison Barnes vs. Andrew Wiggins -- In a battle of two wings that know what it's like to enter college as a top-three recruit, Barnes has the edge in experience and Wiggins tends to be more aggressive. He leads all rookies in scoring at 15.4 ppg.
KEYS TO VICTORY
1) Early energy -- The break looms for a team that has won while slogging through the past two games. That formula can't be expected to work against the fortified Wolves.
2) Exploit the holes -- Despite a stronger roster, Minny still is not much on defense. There will be plenty of open looks. The Warriors simply have to make most of them.
3) Win the bench battle -- The Warriors have the superior bench, especially with Mo Williams being traded away, and are capable of taking the remaining kids to school.
Warriors 7-3, Timberwolves 4-6
Warriors: F Draymond Green (sprained right ankle) participated in the morning shootaround but still is listed as questionable.
Timberwolves: F Robbie Hummel (fractured right hand) is listed as out.
The Warriors have won 16 of the last 19 meetings, including the last six in a row at Target Center.