By: Dan Slaubaugh
Happy #WigginsWednesday, Wolves fans. Tonight, the Wolves (12-23) are back in Minneapolis to take on the Denver Nuggets (12-23). Minnesota are losers of 3 straight and 7 of their last 8, while Denver has lost 6 straight. Tonight, something's gotta give.
What: Wolves - Nuggets
Where: Target Center. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
When: 7:00 pm CST
Where to watch: Fox Sports North
Where to listen: 830 WCCO Radio
Heeee's back! The "godfather" will return to the court tonight after not playing in an NBA basketball game since March 11, 2015, because he decided that undergoing debridement and repair of his right achilles was best for his career, and possibly a last ditch resort if he wanted his basketball career to continue. It will be interesting to see how Sam mixes and matches the Wolves frontcourt with Pek returning. Personally, I'm excited to see him share the floor with Towns. Pek can crash and bang down low while Towns can roam the perimeter a little more, exhibiting and utilizing his soft touch (that should return soon).
Denver could get back starting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay tonight, who injured his ankle against Minnesota Dec. 11 and has not been available since. Denver has dealt with injuries all season, so getting Mudiay back should give them an energy boost they desperately need.
Minnesota has desperately struggled on the boards as of late, and it won't get any easier tonight having to deal with Kenneth Faried, who has built his identity off of being relentless on the boards and brining it 110% every night. The Wolves will simply need to wake up down low or they will be in a heap of trouble once again.
Thoughts on Sam Mitchell
Instead of writing a paragraph about Sam, I'll l just let you read Steve McPherson's thoughts on Mitchell, because he will do a much better job at educating you than I will.
Team skips practice, holds team meeting
After an embarrassing loss to the lowly 76ers Monday night, Sam Mitchell thought it was best for both the coaching staff and the players to speak and clear their minds at practice Tuesday. It gave an opportunity for everyone to offer up their view on the current state of the team. What is going wrong? What changes need to be made going forward? Those were the type of topics being discussed in the meeting.
"I think it was good for us, for our young guys to hear what they think of each other and what they expect from each other," Mitchell said. "It was all positive. But everybody was just honest with each other, with the expectations of each other, what we need to give, from each other, to make our team more complete." - Quote provided by Jon Krawcynski (AP)
Let's hope it kick-starts the team and gets them going in the right direction once again.
That's all I have for this one. The Wolves have a brutal stretch coming up, so a win tonight would be nice to give the team some positive momentum going forward.
Thanks for reading. Enjoy the game. Go Wolves!