The Minnesota Timberwolves have started their season amazing. They are 6-2 for the first time since 1999, and with an in on Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors, they would be 7-2 for the first time since 1999 as well, after a 102-90 win over the Sacramento Kings.
If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. And, sure, the Golden State Warriors aren’t the best team in the league right now, but they are one of the best. And, they did just win the NBA Championship two years ago with virtually the same squad, but take out Jordan Poole and add in Chris Paul. The Warriors are also coming off of a back-to-back against the Clevland Cavaliers on Saturday night, in which they lost 118-110.
But that win won’t be easy, especially when you factor in that the Timberwolves could be without two of their best players and two players who have been key to their previous six wins. Here is what the injury report states for the Sunday night game against the Warriors, according to Justin Lee of DWW:
"Timberwolves injury report for Sunday night vs. Golden State: Listed Anthony Edwards (illness) and Naz Reid (neck) as questionable."
The Timberwolves need every game, especially in the Western Conference, where it’s so tough and nearly every team is good. But, the potential of not having their best player in Anthony Edwards really makes winning a game against the Warriors, who have four amazing guard and wing players. Edwards is a top 10 player in the NBA right now.
As for Naz Reid, he left the game early against the San Antonio Spurs and is still dealing with a neck issue. He is undoubtedly the fourth-best player, possibly the best player off the bench. He is a guy who could be in contention for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Sunday will be tough with those two, but it will be even tougher without them.