I am looking forward to yet another Timberwolves win tonight. The injury depleted squad is undefeated at home at 3-0. I blogged earlier in the season that Rick Adelman was going to need to do his best coaching job early with Rubio and Love out of the lineup. I didn't see the M.A.S.H unit needing to set up camp inside Target Center however.
Over the last week, I have heard more people say how fun this team is to watch. I believe there is a common thread with that. Those same people talk about the passing and overall team movement on the floor which is what defines this Adelman team.
Basketball at its best is about movement from both the ball and the players. Fans are so tuned to watching isolation basketball where one guy goes one-on-one with a defender while everyone else pulls up a chair and watches. Yawn. It should come as no shock that the Michael Beasley's of the team last year who are better in one-on-one games are no longer with the team.
First 20 update:
With the Dallas win the team is 5-2 with a nice three game home stand over the next week. By the time they hit the west coast, the team should be 8-2 at best, 7-3 at worst. With winnable home games against Charlotte, Golden State and Denver and Milwaukee to close the month of November, the Wolves should be in a good position to close with a winning record in November then watch as the pieces begin to return in December.
The 2001-2002 Wolves were 15-5 after 20 games. That year, the Phil Saunders led squad started the season 9-1 (a franchise best).
Initial reports stated Chase would be out two months after surgery. Following the actual surgery yesterday, that number was boosted to 3-4 months which puts him back in the middle of February. With one year remaining on his contract, Budinger has proved to be a valuable piece to the puzzle.
Brandon Roy one-on-one:
FOX 9 Sports director Jim Rich will sit down with Brandon Roy for Timberwolves Tonight which airs Saturday night on My29. Roy is a class act and a guy you want to see succeed. The question all along was how long his knees would hold up. We have found out early that it is going to be an up and down scenario as he has missed the last two games after leaving at halftime of the Indiana game.
Watching the Kidd:
Looking forward to watching rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tonight. He'll draw AK47 so the vet will probably teach the kid a thing or two. Kidd-Gilchrist was the second overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft and is averaging 12 points and seven rebounds per game.
Former Wolves guard Ramon Sessions makes a Target Center return. Sessions is playing solid for the Cats averaging 16 points per game off the bench. He scored a high 21 points last night against Washington.