Rejoice, Wolves fans. 1–0 is upon us. I don’t know about all of you, but I felt a little sense of anxiety leading to tip-off on Wednesday night. I had that same queasy feeling I have gotten in the past when the Wolves put up a stinker to an inferior team. Thankfully this team seems different. Karl-Anthony Towns and his band of rockstars put my mind at ease very quickly in a 124–106 rout and it was clear the Wolves were the more talented and better prepared team. With 1 game down, here are 6 thoughts on the undefeated Wolves:
The day we have all been anxiously awaiting is nearly upon us. The Timberwolves open the season on Wednesday the 20th at home against the Houston Rockets. If Minnesota wants to be taken seriously this season, it all starts with a win over a lesser team in their season opener. From there, it is anyone’s guess as to where the season takes them. In an attempt to forego the typical Wolves record projections for this upcoming season, I will go through 7 predictions for different scenarios that will happen this year.
Welcome to my obligatory predictions for the upcoming 21–22 NBA season! Are you even an NBA fan if you do not publish your projections for the season for all the world to see and mock when you inevitably get it wrong?This year tips off with the Nets vs. Bucks on Tuesday night followed by the Warriors vs. Lakers, so let’s get to the predictions!
Another Wolves exhibition game, another Wolves exhibition win. Minnesota continues to rattle off wins in the games that matter little, but in doing so have shown some impressive flashes of offensive execution and defensive cohesion. The Clippers were missing some of their top players including Paul George, Reggie Jackson, Marcus Morris, and Kawhi Leonard (out for a while) but they hung around to start the game. The Wolves flexed their muscles a bit in the 2nd quarter and went into halftime up 10 before grabbing a stranglehold on the contest in the 3rd to cruise to a 128–100 win. Let’s go through some thoughts on the game!
Preseason overtime? In this economy? What an entertaining game the clash between the Wolves and Nuggets turned out to be. The 1st half was a bit of a rock fight as the teams traded runs and both scored less than 50 points. That gave way to a 2nd half with plenty of fireworks as the Nuggets caught fire and the Wolves clawed back to send it to overtime where Jaylen Nowell sent the Denver fans home sad. Here are some thoughts on preseason game #2…
Preseason basketball is back and that means we get to watch Wolves basketball again! It also means we will feast our eyes on some of the weirdest and most unique lineups that will never see the light of day in the regular season. In preseason game 1, Chris Finch & co. stuck with some generic groups for the rotation players without much experimentation. In the next few preseason games, I would love to see him experiment and get a little weird with it…
The Wolves are back and so are fans as they kicked off the preseason with a win over the Pelicans on Monday night. With New Orleans down a couple of their top players Minnesota socked them in the mouth in the 1st half before cruising to a closer-than-it-seemed win, 117–114. It just so happens that I was in attendance for this one, and seeing it all in person made for an incredibly enjoyable evening! Let’s take a look at 7 thoughts on the game:
The 21–22 NBA season is shaping up to be a pivotal one for the Timberwolves. While I do not necessarily buy the idea that this is a make-or-break year, I do think that if the squad does not show clear signs of improvement and competitiveness in the conference then we could be headed for some significant personnel changes. Because of this, we need to clearly understand how this team will find success. Let’s look at the 5 most important factors affecting the Wolves reaching their goals.
Jarred Vanderbilt and Jordan McLaughlin each have re-signed with the Wolves on team-friendly 3 year contracts which locks in a couple more roster spots and potentially fills out the team’s rotation when the season kicks off. 2020 draftee Leandro Bolmaro also officially signed and was introduced this week. While most fans assumed Vanderbilt would be back, it was nice to officially lock in a 22 year old up-and-comer/fan favorite as training camp nears. Jordan McLaughlin re-signing helps to fill out the guard depth, and Leandro Bolmaro officially inking his deal is icing on the cake. With only a few weeks until preseason games tip off, we can begin to analyze the Wolves rotation and depth to start the year.
It’s Happening! It’s Happening! Ok, nothing has really happened yet, but it seems like the Ben Simmons trade situation is moving closer to a resolution. With recent developments and the Wolves front office seemingly lusting after the Sixers’ star I want to break it all down to analyze how this could work.