Wolves open regular season Oct. 30 at home against Orlando
- Blog Post by: Kent Youngblood
- August 6, 2013 - 6:03 PM
The Timberwolves will open their regular season at home against Orlando Oct. 30, will play four of their first six games at home and will appear on national television 13 times.
Of those 13, eight will be on NBA TV and five will be on ESPN. That is one fewer than last season, when the Wolves had two on ESPN, one on ESPN2, three on TNT and eight on NBA TV.
The Wolves have two four-game home stands – Feb. 8-19 against Portland, Houston, Denver and Indiana and March 5-11 against New York, Detroit, Toronto and Milwaukee – and one five-game road trip that runs from Feb. 22 through March 3 (Utah, Portland, Phoenix, Sacramento and Denver).
The team will have 20 back-to-backs compared to 22 last season. Of those, nine are away-away, five home-away and six away-home.
The Wolves will play 52 games against the Western Conference, which means they play each team four times with the exception of Golden State, New Orleans, Phoenix and San Antonio, who play the Wolves three times each.
Minnesota will play San Antonio in Mexico City Dec. 4.
Here are some key home dates:
--Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City come here for the second game of the season Nov. 1;
--Kevin Garnett and the Brooklyn Nets Nov. 22;
--LeBron James and the Miami Heat Dec. 7;
--Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers Feb. 4 and March 28;
--Dwight Howard and the Houston Rockets Feb.10 and April 11;
-- Eastern Conference semifinalist Indiana Feb. 19;
--Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks March 5.
It is the 13th straight season the Wolves have opened the season on the road. Overall the Wolves are 14-10 in season openers, 12-4 when the game is at home.
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