Some have been waiting for it for a while, but Sunday Wolves coach Sam Mitchell said he’s ready to make the change. Starting with Monday’s game against winless Philadelphia at Target Center, Mitchell is going to move Kevin Martin into the starting lineup, move Tayshaun Prince to the bench and ratchet up Shabazz Muhammad’s minutes.
“It was never my mentality for Tayshaun to play this amount of minutes,” Mitchell said of Prince, who has started and averaged 22.2 minutes, 3.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. “It was just to get us off to a start. I need to increase Bazz’s minutes. He’s been playing well. So I’m going to decrease Tayshaun’s minutes. My thought process (at the beginning of the season) was with (Kevin Garnett), Tayshaun and Andre (Miller), to give a good start, to show these young guys. But as the season goes on, Bazz, our younger guys, they have to start taking more accountability.’’
That means Martin, who is mired in what he called perhaps the most difficult shooting slump of his career, will try to get back on track at the two guard in the starting lineup, with Andrew Wiggins moving to small forward in those situations.
But, according to Mitchell, when Muhammad and Wiggins are on the floor together Wiggins will move back to the two. “Bazz is going to have to guard some bigger guys at the three,” Mitchell said.
Meanwhile, Nemanja Bjelica, who missed Friday’s game with a bruised left knee, did not practice. He is questionable for the game with Philadelphia.