The Wolves' week: Time for a win streak?

  • Updated: January 15, 2014 - 12:48 AM

Here’s something a Wolves team that has danced with .500 for weeks really needs: a stretch against weaker opponents.

Of course, the coach isn’t offering that to his up-and-down team.

In his inimitable style, Rick Adelman focused on the potential pitfalls rather than the positives. Adelman was talking about how his team, which has won three games in a row only once this season, needed to get on a winning streak. It was suggested the team’s upcoming four games, which includes three games against two teams with the worst records in the Western Conference, might be a start.

“Two of the teams we play coming up, Sacramento and Utah, in record aren’t good, but they’re much better teams than they were at the start of the season,” he said. “Sacramento won by 40 [Sunday over Cleveland] at home. So I don’t look at it that way.”

Still, the table seems set for a Wolves run. Here’s a look at their next four games:

Wednesday vs. Sacramento

Good news: Sacramento has only 13 wins, tied for worst in the West, and has won only four times on the road, second fewest in the league behind Cleveland and Orlando.

Bad news: Since the Rudy Gay trade in early December gave the Kings a legitimate third scorer, he, DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas have combined for 65.9 points per game. Sacramento had won a season-high three games in a row before losing 116-92 at Indiana on Tuesday.

Friday at Toronto

Good news: Toronto has won three in a row, but it was against Milwaukee, Brooklyn and Detroit. The Raptors have a winning record, but they reside in the inferior Eastern Conference. They are 5-7 vs. West teams.

Bad news: Coach Dwane Casey has his team on a roll, having gone 11-4 since Gay was traded. They are one of four teams in the East with a winning record. The Wolves have lost nine in a row at Toronto and 16 of the past 17 meetings overall.

vs. Utah (Saturday) at Utah (Tuesday)

Good news: The Jazz is tied with Sacramento for worst in the West with 13 victories. The Jazz is 5-15 on the road, 8-11 at home.

Bad news: The Jazz is 6-4 in its past 10, and that includes victories over Denver and Oklahoma City. Rookie Trey Burke — drafted by the Wolves and immediately traded to the Jazz — is emerging, averaging nearly 15 points per game in his past 10.

KENT YOUNGBLOOD





 

  • related content

  • Healthy Wolves, crowded bench

    Wednesday January 15, 2014

    It’s been nearly two years since Rick Adelman fielded 15 able-bodied players. Now who gets to play and who sits?

  • Gameday preview: Sacramento at Wolves

    Tuesday January 14, 2014

    wolves gameday7 P.M. VS. sacramento • target center • FSN, 830-AMPreview: The Kings won three consecutive home games — including...

  • Rand: Playoffs? It's possible for Wild, Wolves and Gophers basketball

    Wednesday January 15, 2014

    Here in Minnesota, we exist in the in-between. It takes forever to get to either coast. For many months of...

  • Minnesota Timberwolves' Chase Budinger, right, drives past San Antonio...

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner 8 FINAL
Pittsburgh - LP: E. Volquez 0
Minnesota 10/2/14 7:25 PM
Green Bay
Buffalo 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Chicago 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Cleveland 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
St. Louis 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Atlanta 10/5/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Tampa Bay 10/5/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Houston 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Dallas
Baltimore 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Pittsburgh 10/5/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Arizona 10/5/14 3:05 PM
Denver
Kansas City 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Francisco
NY Jets 10/5/14 3:25 PM
San Diego
Cincinnati 10/5/14 7:30 PM
New England
Seattle 10/6/14 7:30 PM
Washington
Washington 1 FINAL
Buffalo 6
Carolina 3 FINAL
Columbus 6
Pittsburgh 2 FINAL
Detroit 0
Montreal 3 FINAL
Chicago 1
Arizona 2 FINAL
Edmonton 3
Fla Atlantic 10/2/14 6:00 PM
FIU
UCF 10/2/14 6:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 10/2/14 9:30 PM
(2) Oregon
Louisville 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Syracuse
San Diego St 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Utah State 10/3/14 9:15 PM
(18) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(12) Miss State
Ball State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Army
Iowa State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(21) Oklahoma State
Marshall 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Old Dominion
Southern Miss 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Middle Tennessee
(20) Ohio State 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Maryland
Purdue 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Florida 10/4/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
SMU 10/4/14 11:00 AM
(22) East Carolina
Virginia Tech 10/4/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Eastern Mich 10/4/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Texas 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Indiana
Massachusetts 10/4/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Tulsa 10/4/14 2:00 PM
Colorado State
New Mexico 10/4/14 2:30 PM
TX-San Antonio
(3) Alabama 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(11) Ole Miss
(14) Stanford 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(9) Notre Dame
(17) Wisconsin 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Navy 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
(7) Baylor 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Texas
(4) Oklahoma 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(25) TCU
Wake Forest 10/4/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
NC State 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Clemson
Buffalo 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Bowling Green
Ohio U 10/4/14 2:30 PM
Central Mich
Oregon State 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Colorado
Vanderbilt 10/4/14 3:00 PM
(13) Georgia
Kansas 10/4/14 3:00 PM
West Virginia
Kent State 10/4/14 4:00 PM
Northern Ill
South Alabama 10/4/14 5:00 PM
Appalachian St
Texas-El Paso 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
(15) LSU 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
UAB 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Ky
Texas Tech 10/4/14 6:00 PM
(23) Kansas State
Michigan 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rutgers
Hawaii 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Rice
Toledo 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Western Mich
ULM 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Georgia State 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
Idaho 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Texas State
Memphis 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Arizona State 10/4/14 6:30 PM
(16) USC
So Carolina 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Kentucky
Pittsburgh 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Virginia
Miami-Florida 10/4/14 6:30 PM
Georgia Tech
(19) Nebraska 10/4/14 7:00 PM
(10) Michigan State
UNLV 10/4/14 7:00 PM
San Jose St
Ga Southern 10/4/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Utah 10/4/14 9:30 PM
(8) UCLA
Boise State 10/4/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Winnipeg 10/3/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 10/3/14 9:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Edmonton 10/4/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/4/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Hamilton 10/10/14 6:00 PM
Toronto
Ottawa 10/11/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which struggling team is in the worst shape?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close