Happy Black Friday! How many of you went out shopping overnight or at the break of dawn this morning? I trust that everyone enjoyed a holiday off with the families or friends. One thing is for sure -- the Timberwolves have a few things to be thankful for this week. Here are a few things at the top of my list:
1. Two No. 1 Picks
Heading into the 2015-2016 season, there was plenty of buzz surrounding Minnesota's roster having both Andrew Wiggins (2014) and Karl-Anthony Towns (2015) on its roster. Now that the Wolves have 15 games under their belt, it's becoming clear that this duo is the real deal. Wiggins is averaging 21.8 points per game, and he had a 32-point game against Philadelphia to pull out the team's first home win Monday. Towns is having a great start to his rookie season, averaging 14.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. He's been a great addition on defense, and he's sure to only get better as the season goes on.
2. Back-to-Back Home Wins
After losing their first 5 home games, the Wolves finally notched a pair of consecutive wins at Target Center Monday and Wednesday. Wiggins played a big part in both games, and Adreian Payne played a surprising number of minutes both nights, as well. Zach LaVine commented following Monday's win that the team had already defeated Atlanta once this year and hoped to do it again -- fortunately for Minnesota fans, that happened in a close Wednesday night contest.
3. Veteran Leadership
Obviously, Kevin Garnett stands out at the top of this category. It was special for all Wolves fans to see "The Big Ticket" return to the Wolves last season, and especially now after Flip Saunders' passing, it seems so fitting to see Garnett in the lineup. Although he isn't the offensive player he once was, Garnett clearly has a significant impact on this team. It's great to see the level of intensity he brings off the bench and the direction he gives to the younger players. To a lesser degree, Tayshaun Prince and Andre Miller have also offered that veteran leadership that is so valuable to a young and talented team like Minnesota.
4. Healthy Players (Knock on Wood)
With the exception of Nikola Pekovic (no surprise there) sidelined and Ricky Rubio missing a few games again after being dinged up, the Wolves have stayed fairly healthy to start the season. If Rubio can avoid losing minutes with ankle issues and this positive trend continues, it will be key for the Wolves in finding success in 2015-2016.
The Timberwolves are off to a positive start this season, albeit a few tough losses, and the excitement surrounding the squad continues to build. Hopefully, things continue moving in the right direction for Minnesota.
Lindsey's Friday Flick Recommendation
With movies and Christmas lists fresh on my mind, I have to recommend yet another "kids" movie that I find to be a classic and one that not many people (in my experience) have seen.
Road to El Dorado
This movie was one of my favorites growing up, and my sister and I regularly quote lines from it. The second of Dreamworks' feature-length animated films, Road to El Dorado combines the fun and music of animated movies with plenty of one liners that will make fans of all ages laugh.
Check out the trailer below, and happy weekending!