The Timberwolves announced their preseason schedule earlier today and it includes seven games against five different opponents. Taking a quick look at the opponents you will find teams in very, very different positions when it comes to competing for an NBA Championship this coming season.
The Wolves will be listed as the home team in three of the seven games (see below). The preseason kicks off on Tuesday, October 7th against the Indiana Pacers. The first home game action that fans will get to see at the Target Center will be on Friday, October 10th against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, and Chicago are the other opponents on the preseason schedule. There isn’t a particular team or game that catches my attention aside from the fact that the start of the NBA season is just around the corner. However, what I would like to see is the youngsters receiving playing time on the floor together, similar to how Flip foresees using his rotations in the regular season (injuries, etc. aside). I want to see Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine on the floor together, but I also want to see LaVine see minutes as the PG.
As we all know, there may or may not be a few moving pieces in the coming weeks. With rumors continuing to swirl, it is just a matter of when Kevin Love will land with the Cleveland Cavaliers. More importantly, who will the Pups wind up with? It sounds like #1 pick Andrew Wiggins is/will be included. From there, things get a little dicey. The Wolves may get back Michael Bennett or Thad Young and then a few random pieces.
Assuming Wiggins winds up in Minneapolis it will be important for him to receiving playing time with the Wolves’ starters and 8 or 9 man rotation. He obviously played for the Cavs in the Las Vegas Summer League so it is important for him to start building a repoirte with his new teammates.
What game or games have your attention? Let’s go Wolves!