Friday , Mar , 16 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves, Warriors battle for their playoff lives

(Sports Network) – Two teams battling to qualify for the Western Conference
playoffs meet tonight, as the Golden State Warriors welcome the Minnesota
Timberwolves to ORACLE Arena.

Golden State is tied with the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff berth
in the West, while the Timberwolves are just one-half game behind the Warriors
and Clippers.

The Warriors play the finale of a short two-game homestand. Don Nelson and the
Warriors apparently have the formula of how to beat Dallas, and Monday it came
at the right time as Golden State blew out the Mavericks, 117-100, at ORACLE
Arena. Nelson’s Warriors are the only team to beat Dallas twice this year.

Mickael Pietrus had 20 points to lead six Golden State players in double
figures, as the Warriors have won four of their last five contests overall.
Jason Richardson, Al Harrington and Stephen Jackson all scored 16 points for
Golden State, which shot 57.1 percent from the field in the victory.

The Warriors, who have won three in a row as the host, are 23-10 at home this
season. They will visit the Seattle SuperSonics on Saturday and the Utah Jazz
on Tuesday.

Minnesota opens a five-game road trip. Kevin Garnett scored 30 points and
grabbed nine rebounds, as the Timberwolves held on to defeat the Indiana
Pacers, 86-81, at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Rookie Randy Foye finished with 16 points off the bench for Minnesota, which
snapped a two-game losing streak. Rashad McCants added 12 points, whileMarko
Jaric scored 11 for the Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves are just 9-22 on the road this season. They will also visit
the Lakers, Phoenix, Sacramento and Seattle on the current swing.

This is the second of three meetings between the clubs this season. On
February 7th, Ricky Davis scored 26 points and Mark Blount netted 22 to lead
the Timberwolves over Golden State, 121-93, at the Target Center.

Minnesota has lost two straight after winning its last two at Golden State.
The Timberwolves have won two in a row in the series.

Golden State is scheduled to host the Timberwolves on April 15th at ORACLE