3 takeaways from Warriors’ win over Timberwolves

Nov 26, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves Luol Deng (C) controls the ball between Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney (5) and guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s what we learned from the Warriors’ 116-108 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday night.

After getting blown out by the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors bounce back with a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday. The 116-108 victory didn’t come easy by.

The team had to rally from a deficit in the fourth quarter and the veterans really had to pull the team to a win. The young trio of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns all combined for 25 points in an impressive effort. Nonetheless, the Warriors got a win they needed to get on the back end of a back-to-back.

3. Kevon Looney got a taste of the starter’s life

After Anderson Varejao started the night before for the Warriors in place of Zaza Pachulia, Golden State went with a smaller lineup on Sunday. Kevon Looney got his chance to get a taste of the starter’s role, albeit limited minutes.

He didn’t wreck the car after being given the keys to it and finished in the positive. That’s always a good sign that the moment wasn’t too big for the young talent. He made a couple of shots and certainly proved that he is an option for future lineups.

The most important thing the Warriors are doing right now is getting development for their young talent. While the superstars are going to carry this team to where they want to be, turning the young players into functional role players will only make the team even better.

Nov 10, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

2. Veterans led the way to an important win on the road

This wasn’t a game without a little adversity. On a night after they were defeated soundly, the Warriors didn’t want to drop a second straight game, let alone to a struggling young team that they should be beating.

When things got tough late and Golden State was in a deficit, the veterans pushed their way to a win. It was that way for most of the night. Guys like Shaun Livingston, David West and Andre Iguodala made big pushes off the bench.

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry did what they needed to. Klay Thompson of course had the big game and was just good enough for his team to get the win and head to New Orleans having won three of four on the road trip thus far.

The young guys got in the action as well, but this game just had the feelings of the elder statesmen of the group putting their foots down and taking back the victory the Timberwolves were about to take from them.

Nov 26, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) controls the ball against Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine (8) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

1. Klay Thompson proves to be resilient yet again

Klay Thompson is a resilient player to say the least. Short-term memory is a must to excel in the NBA and Thompson has that down pat. After a couple of dud performances following his big 60-point night last week, Thompson proved that no one is safe from bad nights on the floor.

With his team needing a win on Sunday and facing a deficit, Thompson helped propel the team to a win with 30 points. Even though his shot hasn’t been there the last couple of games, that wasn’t going to stop him from shooting.

He put up 21 shots and 12 from beyond the arc. In other words, he did what he usually does. His resiliency seems to have a knack for shining when the Warriors need him to. Now, he could just as easily go back to being cold against New Orleans but that’s not going to stop him from playing his game.

Not being afraid to take the shot and hoist up plenty during a cold period is why he’s one of the best in the game. To take less shots and try something different would be to hurt his team and give the opposition the advantage.

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