1 Their chance to win 50 games all depends on point-guard Rubio Rubio's quick return to good health from March knee surgery. Cleared to run earlier this month, he is not expected to play a game until December.
2 Former All-Star shooting guard Brandon Roy is the X factor who could transform the Timberwolves with his late-game poise IF his degenerative knees let him.
3 The arrival of Russians Andrei Kirilenko (above) and Alexey Shved could fill two huge needs: production at the small-forward spot and another backcourt ballhandler who's not point-guard size.
4 Lean, mean center Nikola Pekovic's body fat is down to 8 percent, but his net worth soon could go way up: Look for him to sign a fat contract extension worth well north of $10 million a season by season's start or next summer.
5 The Wolves invested the No. 2 overall pick in Derrick Williams (above) in 2011. He lost 20 pounds over the summer so he can play more small forward, but does he fit there with $10M man Kirilenko and Chase Budinger, a Rick Adelman favorite, brought on board?
|San Diego||12/12/13 7:25 PM|
|Washington||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|San Francisco||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Houston||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Buffalo||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/15/13 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|NY Jets||12/15/13 3:05 PM|
|Arizona||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|New Orleans||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||12/15/13 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/15/13 7:30 PM|
|Golden State||6:00 PM|
|LA Clippers||6:00 PM|
|NY Islanders||9:00 PM|
|VU of Lynchburg||6:00 PM|
|UMass Lowell||6:00 PM|
|Long Island||6:30 PM|
|Alcorn State||6:30 PM|
|Thomas (GA)||7:00 PM|
|Western State||8:00 PM|
|Army||12/14/13 2:00 PM|
|Saint Peters||4:00 PM|
|West Virginia Tech||6:00 PM|
|Seton Hall||7:00 PM|
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