Last year, the Minnesota Timberwolves experienced an amazing turn-around, despite a year filled with bad luck. The Timberwolves won 7 more games than in the 2010-2011 season, under new coach Rick Adelman, and key players Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love. The team’s luck flipped a 180 when Rubio tore multiple ligaments in his left knee in early March, 2012. Rubio’s injury was the first of many.
Luke Ridnour missed multiple games with an ankle injury. JJ Barea and Michael Beasley missed games with a thigh injury and toe injury respectively. Nikola Pekovic was also injured, playing through pain to the end of the season with ankle spurs, enduring surgery after the season’s end.
This season has already come with a bit of bad luck. Yesterday it was reported that Kevin Love broke his hand during a pre-practice workout. He is expected to be out for the next 6-8 weeks. In last night’s game against Maccabi Haifa, Love scored 24 points and brought down 8 rebounds. Love’s injury will challenge Rick Adelman to find a replacement at power forward. Derrick Williams or Andrei Kirilenko are viable possibilities, but with improved play by Pekovic, the team still has the potential to start the season off with a positive record.
These first few games could be a great indicator of how powerful this new Minnesota team can be in the upcoming season. With preseason games coming to an end next Friday, Oct. 26th, the Wolves look to have a record of 6-1; the team’s only loss, thus far, was to the Indiana Pacers.
All coaches and players seem excited and ready to start the season. They have positive attitudes and beliefs about reaching the playoffs. Hopefully we will be able to see the team succeed and live up to its full potential in the coming season.