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 break camp in Mankato today, head home

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves training camp, Wolves news Updated: October 5, 2012 - 9:43 AM

The Wolves will hold their last of four training-camp practices in Mankato this morning and then head home to Minneapolis to prepare for Wednesday's preseason opener against Indiana in Fargo.

The Wolves practiced a little more than three hours on Thursday -- they opened camp with a four-hour session on Tuesday -- and afterward coach Rick Adelman said the team was ahead of schedule installing its offensive and defensive schemes.

"I really wasn't sure how much we were going to do," he said. "Watching these guys scrimmage, we're running a lot of stuff out of corner set because they seem to pick up very quickly. They've got a real good feel for it. We're a pretty good offensive team I think, the way guys read things and pick things up. It's hard to get an idea how you're doing defensively. The way we're playing, the ball is moving and you can't really zero in how you're doing defensively.

"That's always the problem I had in Sacramento because we were so good offensively. Once we got in games, we needed to figure it out (defensively)."

A couple of things from Thursday's practice:

* Malcolm Lee watched the end of it on the stationary bike because of tightness in his groin, but otherwise the Wolves seemed to come through their third camp practice still pretty darn healthy.

Greg Stiemsma has been able to participate in all 5-on-5 scrimmages, somewhat "surprisingly" he said and declared his feet are feeling "really good."

Brandon Roy seemed to scrimmage normally on Thursday as well. On Wednesday, he sat down for the day after participating in the scrimmage's opening minutes.

* Adelman praised Russian rookie Alexey Shved's shooting, saying "Alexey was really good today. He shot the heck out of the ball. He gives us another guy who can shoot it with range. There's just pieces we're finding out about and we have to find out how we're going to use these guys."

* Adelman also said that Kevin Love at power forward and Nikola Pekovic are the two starting lineup givens, but that he likely will experiment with combinations throughout the preseason schedule. Given that they are paying Andrei Kirilenko $10 million a season, it's a pretty good bet he gets written in with ink rather than pencil at the small-forward spot eventually.

The Wolves likely will work out Saturday at Target Center and take Sunday off after going hard for five consecutive days.

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