Do you remember that old Disney movie Angels in the Outfield? Yes, the movie that featured a pre-pubescent Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The movie where Gordon-Levitt played a child that had the ability to summon the paranormal in an effort to carry a California Angels outfielder (Matthew McConaughey) as he made spectacular catches or assist a pitcher (Tony Danza) to reach back for a little more on his fastball?
If you were born after 1994; don’t remember Disney movies before Nemo, or didn’t have a proper childhood — the movie begins with Gordon-Levitt (Roger) and his side kick J.P., two foster kids who can’t afford tickets to Angels games. In an effort to see their favorite team play, Roger and J.P. climb a tree that peers over the right field wall in an effort to illegally watch the game through a set of binoculars.
To me, that is analogous to what finding footage of the Wolves has felt like so far this preseason.
After little more than rumors that they played five games in the last 11 days, the Wolves are going to play basketball games that don’t require hacking the system to see.
Grizzlies vs. Timberwolves
7:00 PM CDT
Target Center, Minneapolis
Broadcast on Fox Sports North
Dave Benz returns! (Jim Petersen is a little busy preparing for tomorrow’s game five of the WNBA Finals.)
After winning three of five games on the road thus far this preseason, the Wolves will finally play at Target Center. If you did not see Kris Dunn last night at the Wolves free sneak peak practice, this will be the first time to witness Kris Dunn playing at Target Center.
Alongside Dunn will be the rest of the normal Wolves rotation. Rubio, LaVine, Wiggins, Dieng, Towns and Muhammad all were rested in the last preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday. I’m going to go out on a limb and guarantee that John Lucas III does not lead the team in points and minutes again as he did against the Thunder
The Opponent: Memphis Grizzlies
Familiarize yourself with the Memphis Grizzlies. The Wolves play the Grizzlies tonight, the season opener (in Memphis) next Wednesday, and then again for the home opener the following Tuesday.
The Canis crew will delve further into the Grizzlies as the season opener approaches, but look tonight for a different style than you may remember from Memphis.
Mike Conley was retained this offseason, but the starting lineup has changed. Chandler Parsons is the newest Grizzlies player starting at small forward. Zach Randolph has moved into the sixth-man role as JaMychal Green now starts alongside Grizzlies mainstays Marc Gasol and Tony Allen. Prior head coach Dave Joerger is out and David Fizdale (former assistant in Miami) is the new Head Coach of the Memphis squad.
Fun fact: The Grizzlies are paying just over $69 million to Conley, Parsons, and Marc Gasol. The Wolves are paying just over $12 million to Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine.
Under Fizdale, this Memphis team is moving towards smaller lineups, increasing their pace, and shooting more threes. If you are used to the grit and grind Memphis Grizzlies watch tonight to delete that from your memory like a bad Danny Glover movie.
This is an open game thread, so let’s chat about the Wolves and Grizz or our favorite Disney movies. The Canis team will be back with a recap after the game.