Well, so much for an anticlimactic start to the season. It took the Timberwolves 53 minutes, but they ultimately held off the Orlando Magic winning by a score of 120-115. After appearing in only 18 games last season, Kevin Love rose to superstar status as he posted yet another 30-point, 15-rebound performance while hitting the game-tying three-pointer to send the game into extra minutes.
With the 2013-14 NBA season officially underway, the Wolves played host to the Magic (0-1) on Wednesday night for their home and season opener. Wolves fans got their first looks at the revamped roster that was effectively arranged and put together this past offseason by new President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders.
The Target Center was fresh with optimism following an exciting offseason of player and management turnover that has so far been positively received among the fan base. The team also experienced a relative bill of good health during much of the offseason and preseason, despite the setback of Chase Budinger as he continues in his recovery from corrective surgery. While the loss of Budinger was untimely, the core of the team remains intact while the depth has vastly improved due to multiple key free agent signings and the drafting of first-round draft picks Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng. [Read more…]