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Basketblog: season opener edition

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Opening night:

For basketball fans, tonight is the beginning of the journey. Unfortunately for our Wolves, we have to wait until Friday for our squad to hit the floor. Even with the injuries to our two most dynamic players I remain positive. Mostly because we have a top three coach in the NBA. The difference Rick Adelman has on this franchise is evident and he will need to coach this group like it is game seven of the NBA finals from the opening tip on Friday.

Last season, Dallas and Utah tied for the seventh and eighth playoff spots. In a shortened season, their winning percentage was .545. That translates to 45 wins this season. 45 wins is the number we need to climb to if we want into the postseason.

Crowning the Kings:

With the season opener four days away, defense has been a main talking point during camp. Although the team saw improvements last season on the defensive end, once the injuries started taking their toll, things went downhill quickly.

"The last 20 games, we weren't very good defensively this year. We're trying to key in that this year," said head coach Rick Ademlan.

Brandon Roy's Knees:

We are going to find out in November how Roy's knees are going to react to back-to-back games. Four times in November the team has back to back games including a road trip out west where the team will play four games in six days.

Depth charge:

We are going to find out rather quickly how the depth of this club is going to make a difference. With no Love and Rubio, Chase Budinger is going to need to play productive minutes at the 3 while Andrei Kirilenko slides to the power forward.

November to remember?:

Friday Nov 2 vs. Sacramento
Sunday Nov 4 @ Toronto
Monday Nov 5 @ Brooklyn
Wednesday Nov 7 vs. Orlando
Friday Nov 9 vs. Indiana
Saturday Nov 10 @ Chicago
Monday Nov 12 @ Dallas
Wednesday Nov 14 vs. Charlotte
Friday Nov 16 vs. Golden State
Wednesday Nov 21 vs. Denver
Friday Nov 23 @ Portland
Saturday Nov 24 @ Golden State
Tuesday Nov 27 @ Sacramento
Wednesday Nov 28 @ L.A. Clippers
Friday Nov 30 vs. Milwaukee

AK47 loaded and ready:

Kirilenko is back in the NBA after a year away in Europe. His grit and defensive presence is going to give the Wolves a different dynamic.

"I like our stretch right now. We've got the next four days to figure out the last steps before the season starts. I think defensively and offensively we kind of find out our game, how we are supposed to play," said Kirilenko. "The last game was a great example of how we are supposed to play. We could get better, consistency-wise. We have good stretches and bad stretches. I hope we can concentrate on the good stretches a little bit more."

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