The Warriors played without Steph Curry, who was kept off the team's road trip to rest his injured right ankle. Iguodala was originally deemed a game-time decision by coach Steve Kerr but unable to play. "I'm really pleased with the effort".
The Warriors have a good chance to get back to winning ways this week as they take on three teams below.500 - the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.
With the Warriors now behind the Rockets by two losses, they are at risk of not finishing the season as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference for the first time since 2014. Losing to the Timberwolves without Steph, and half the bench including Andre Iguodala, David West, Jordan Bell certainly does not mean that the Warriors will lose to Houston or anyone else come May and June. Nemanja Bjelica finished the game with a team-high 30 points against their last opponent, the celtics. His 32 shot attempts were his most since March 2014.
There are a million ways to explain away the last few games against the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. He held out his long arms and cupped his hands to encourage the crowd as the last seconds ticked off the clock.
"The season is always a tune-up for the playoffs", said Durant, who has totaled 116 points over his past three outings. That'd be a great thing for that locker room. With a loss, we can't hang our head. Nick Young, nursing a strained back after he fell chasing a loose ball in the second quarter, went scoreless in 22 minutes on 0-for-4 shooting. LaVine and Bobby Portis scored 21 points apiece as Chicago overcame a career-high 38-point performance by Taurean Prince. The Warriors' Over/Under lines have averaged 226.8 in the past two weeks and their games have resulted in an Over/Under average of -8.8. The injuries that sidelined the five players Sunday are not considered serious.
"Quinn has been up and down in the G-League, so it's something we got to deal with, something that we just got to figure out, work through", Durant said. "We have a system in place that maximizes everybody's strengths". Just to make him more impossible, he snuck into the paint for offensive rebounds and putback layups.