Practice Report | Dec. 9, 2013

Practice Report | Dec. 9, 2013

With two games against the underwhelming Eastern Conference this week, the Minnesota Timberwolves hope they can get back to .500, and be at 11-11 by the time they play the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

The Eastern Conference has just three teams .500 or better.

Has it been something Wolves head coach Rick Hadelman has seen during his time in the league?

“Not really, no. But it's early, too; there's teams that people thought were gonna be good in the East are not playing well at all, but the West is,” Adelman said. “There are so many teams that are right around above .500 or close to it. The teams we play, like Detroit, is pretty good. They're 10-11. They've played pretty well. I've not seen disparity like this in a long time.”

The Eastern Conference was the topic of conversation at the Life Time Fitness Facility at Monday afternoon’s practice, but even though the records of the East might not be overly impressive, it’s important for the Wolves not to get ahead of themselves. They play the games for a reason.

“In the Eastern Conference this year, you can make the playoffs if you're below .500. In the Western Conference, you've got to win like 50 games, it seems, to make the playoffs,” Wolves wing Corey Brewer said. “... We're focusing on ourselves. Offense, we need to be more crisp. We need to do our defensive rotations better. Focusing on ourselves by getting back to the way we were playing at the beginning of the year.”

The Wolves will travel to play the Pistons at 6:30 p.m. with the game being aired on Fox Sports North and WCCO 830-AM.

Love Back At Practice

After missing Saturday’s game due to the death of his grandmother, All-Star forward Kevin Love was back on Monday and took part in the entire practice.

“He's fine,” Adelman said. “He went through the whole practice and seems good.”

That will be important for the Wolves on Tuesday night against Detroit’s big frontline of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. Love will need to stretch the floor in order to open things up for his driving guards, along with center Nikola Pekovic. Spacing will be big in this one.

“He (Love) helps a lot. If you saw the Miami game at all, there's a big difference,” Adelman said. “He's a big load in there for us, and you can't make that up. A lot of things Miami did or teams do against us, with him on the court, they can't do it.”

Quick Hits

  • Adelman noted that his team was taking too many risks on both ends of the court. Offensively, he doesn’t want his team making as many “hero” passes. Defensively, he thinks his players are going for too many steals, trying to get the big play. Brewer agreed.

    “We need to be solid, keep the defense in front of us. We'll be alright.”

  • Adelman learned about the recent trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Kings in a five-player deal. Earlier this month, the Wolves shipped Derrick Williams to Sacramento. Adelman hasn’t thought too much about the Gay trade, though.

    “You never know how those things are gonna work out, but like I said, we're a long ways from worrying about those teams.”

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