By: Dan Slaubaugh
Simply put, it's been way too long since the Minnesota Timberwolves played competitive basketball. With still over two months remaining until the 2016-17 regular season begins, anxiety has set in for fans of the northern-most team in the NBA. Can this squad finally snap Minnesota's streak of 13 seasons without a playoff appearance?
Today, the regular season was announced, giving fans a better idea of what it will take for that infamous streak to end next April. The schedule can be found here.
On a lighter and maybe more fun note, Minnesota's schedule also includes 19 nationally-televised games -- nine on NBATV, six on ESPN and four on TNT.
Here are some other key takeaways from the Timberwolves' 2016-17 slate:
There's plenty more to take in from the Timberwolves schedule. In case you missed the link above, here it is again. Overall, it appears the Timberwolves are gaining more traction as a "team to watch" throughout the NBA.
Being an entertaining team team is great and all, but it won't be long before the Wolves start earning respect for winning as well.
Merry Christmas, Wolves fans.