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Game Preview #1: Wolves vs. Pistons

The Minnesota Timberwolves are back in action for the first (real) time in over nine months.

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March 10, 2020.

That was the last time the Minnesota Timberwolves played a competitive, meaningful basketball game. The players, team, community, state, country, and entire world have gone through a LOT since then, but after over nine months of writing about draft prospects, ranking jerseys, and reminiscing about the best moments of Evan Turner’s Timberwolves tenure — real, meaningful basketball is once again back in our lives.

I’ve said it countless times since I took over as Site Manager back on April 1, but a lake-size (and truly sincere) thank you to each and every one of the writers who not only kept this boat afloat all spring/summer/fall, but also to the community members who kept supporting our work, consuming our projects, and providing their own takes and analysis in the comment section. This little community we’ve created means more to me than my words can express, has helped me get through the toughest year of my life, and I hope it’s provided even a sliver of an escape and/or distraction for the rest of you who are eagerly awaiting the start of a new calendar year.

With all that said — basketball is back, as is the meat of what we do here during the regular season (game previews and game recaps). Previews will be scheduled for 30 minutes prior to every tipoff, and I encourage you to use them as threads for discussing the game, detailing what you had for dinner, and/or simply sharing highlights (or low lights) from your day.

As always — this is a shared community — and I just ask that you continue to show respect for each and every member of it, try to refrain from “excessive” profanity (shit, I did it again), and steer clear of comments that could promote/indicate violent activity or extreme hostility. Outside of that, thanks again for all of your support and I hope you enjoy our coverage of the 2020-2021 Timberwolves season.

Happy Holidays!

Game Info

Who: Detroit Pistons (0-0) at Minnesota Timberwolves (0-0)
When: 7:00 pm CST
TV: Fox Sports North (streaming on the Fox Sports Go app)
Radio: 830 WCCO AM Radio

What To Watch For

As stated at the top, the Minnesota Timberwolves are finally back in action, and will kick off their 2020-2021 season at home against the Detroit Pistons before voyaging out on their first extended road trip of the season.

The Wolves will likely start a similar lineup to what we saw in the preseason — D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley, Josh Okogie, Jake Layman, and Karl-Anthony Towns — but expect head coach Ryan Saunders to continue to experiment with lineups, rotations, and playing time as the team (and the league in general) plays themselves into true game shape.

As it pertains specifically to tonight, we will get our first look at regular season Anthony Edwards, as the 19-year old rookie squares off with fellow rookie Killian Hayes (who is expected to start for the visiting Pistons). The current Detroit roster is... umm... interesting, but does include former Wolves players such as Wayne Ellington, Derrick Rose, and assistant coach Sidney Lowe.

Injury Reports

As for the Pistons, it looks like they will be at full strength for their visit to the Target Center.

And with THAT, the race to 82-0 72-0 begins now.

Be well, stay safe, and Go Wolves.