Minnesota’s preseason recreation towards the Lakers in Anaheim is certainly one of simply three preseason contests, with the opposite two coming subsequent week towards the Warriors in China. That is a big drop from final season, when the Wolves performed seven exhibition contests.
The NBA preseason was reduce by a few week this season after the league determined to start out the common season early to assist groups keep away from enjoying two video games in two nights and even 4 video games in 5 nights. Nonetheless, different groups have been capable of squeeze extra preseason video games into this abbreviated timeslot. The Lakers have six exhibitions scheduled.
However Minnesota goes to China, the place it’ll play solely the 2 video games towards Golden State between now and subsequent Sunday. There in all probability would have been time to play one other preseason recreation when the Timberwolves get again to the States earlier than their common-season opener at San Antonio on Wednesday, Oct. 18, however the place?
Goal Middle is unavailable. The world’s renovation is about to be accomplished simply days forward of Minnesota’s residence opener towards Utah on Friday, Oct. 20. Tom Thibodeau, the Wolves coach and president of basketball operations, famous that when the renovation undertaking was beginning, the staff assumed the common season was going to start out on the finish of October, as regular. In that state of affairs, Goal Middle would’ve been accomplished in time to host a preseason recreation.
And with an 18-day street journey that featured coaching camp in San Diego and the journey to China, Thibodeau did not need to take some other journeys earlier than the common season.
Karl-Anthony Cities stated the shortage of preseason contests will pressure the Wolves to prepare faster.
“It simply principally provides us much less time,” Cities stated. “I feel it hurts groups like us having so many new gamers that we have now to discover ways to get our timing and execution now.”
Thibodeau stated the shortened preseason put a premium on the conditioning work gamers have been doing in August and September. There aren’t numerous in-recreation alternatives to get in form.
Cities sat out one preseason recreation final yr and performed simply quarter-hour within the preseason finale. However so few exhibition video games probably means the Timberwolves’ starters will see loads of motion in all three video games in an try to seek out chemistry and a circulate.
“We’ll kind of get a really feel for it,” Thibodeau stated. “You’d wish to get some kind of rotation down, and the way a lot they play within the fourth quarter, definitely the primary recreation will not be precisely like a daily-season recreation, however they should get acclimated to enjoying…