Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Wolves open season Dec. 26 vs. OKC at Target Center

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves news Updated: December 6, 2011 - 8:06 PM

The Wolves' lockout-shortened, 66-game schedule is out.

You can find it here: www.timberwolves.com/schedule

The highlights:

* They open at home on Dec. 26 against Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Oklahoma City. Not bad, huh? It's their 11th consecutive season starting at Target Center.

* LeBron, DWade and Miami visit in the season's third game, Dec. 30.

* They play two sets -- not three, Kevin Love -- of those dreaded back-to-back-to-back games: Jan 8-10 at Washington, Toronto and vs. Chicago and Feb. 28-March 1 at Lakers, Clippers and Suns.

* The Wolves play 6 of their first 7 games at home, but yikes, what a stretch!: OKC, at Milwaukee, Miami, NBA champs Dallas, San Antonio, Memphis, Cleveland.

* Their longest trip to a doozy: 7-gamer in March that takes them to Phoenix, Utah, Lakers, Sacramento, Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.

* They're on national TV 6 times, if you count NBA TV. Their Jan. 20 game at the Clippersis on ESPN, their April 9 game vs. Phoenix is on ESPN2.

The NBA TV games: at Orlando Feb 13, at Portland March 3, vs. New Orleans March 10, at Portland April 1.

* Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and the Lakers (just kidding on DH12, I think) visit twice: Jan. 29 and March 9.

* Reigning MVP Derrick Rose and the Bulls arrive Jan. 10.

* Kevin Garnett and the Celtics are in town March 30.

* The only real big East star that won't visit Target Center is Howard, if he's still with the Magic by then.

* Kevin McHale (and Jonny Flynn) and Houston come to Target Center on Jan. 23 and Feb. 4.

* The Wolves will play 48 games against Western Conference opponents, 18 against the East.

They will not go to Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Miami, New York and Philadephia.

Atlanta, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Orlando, Toronto and Washington will not visit Target Center.

The only East teams they place are Indiana, Detroit and Charlotte.

* Single-game tickets go on sale Monday at www.timberwolves.com, all Ticketmaster outlet or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX or at Target Center box office.

* Multi-game season ticket package -- including 10-game "flex packs" for as low as $80 -- are on sale tonight at timberwolves.com.

For a limited time, fans who buy a 10-game pack will get complimentary tickets to the Dec. 30 Heat game.

 

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