Ball was averaging 15.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists a game entering the weekend. He was shooting better from the field than Edwards (44% vs. 41%) and from three-point range (37% vs 33%). If you want to get geeky, Ball's win share of 2.9 is markedly better than Edwards' 0.1.
This all makes Minnesota’s positioning in the standings more important to the Warriors than Golden State’s own positioning. Entering Sunday’s game at Orlando, the Timberwolves — fresh off a three-game skid — are tied with Detroit for the NBA’s second-worst record at 20-47. Minnesota is unlikely to finish with the league’s ugliest winning percentage, given that the Rockets sit four games behind it in the standings with just five games left.
The starting lineup of Russell, Towns, Edwards, Josh Okogie and Jaden McDaniels outscored Memphis by three points in 13 minutes Wednesday. On Friday, the starting lineup changed because McDaniels missed the game to attend a funeral, but the results stayed the same. Russell, Towns, Edwards, Ricky Rubio and Jarred Vanderbilt outscored Miami by five points in 18 minutes.