Practice Report | Oct. 15, 2013
Practice Report | Oct. 15, 2013
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The big news for the Minnesota Timberwolves during Tuesday’s practice was getting shooting guard Kevin Martin back from a sore right Achilles tendon.
Martin, who has missed the last two games because of the injury, practiced with the team at the Lifetime Fitness Center on Monday and didn’t experience any setbacks.
“It was pretty sore, but I did a limited practice, but throughout the long week hopefully the soreness will stop,” Martin said. “It’s the time of the year where you need to fight through things.”
The 10-year veteran said he participated in about 90 percent of the action and coach Rick Adelman knows how different this team is with him.
“Totally different. He’s such a scorer. He makes it difficult for them to guard a lot of things of what we are doing is because of him,” Adelman said. “I think it’s important him and Kevin Love are out there on the court together.”
Martin has been in the league long enough to know how important bonding is for a team, especially in preseason. While he knows Adelman’s system better than perhaps anyone in the league, he isn’t as familiar with the players on the team, and with two new faces in the starting lineup, he’s not alone.
“I know the system like the back of my hand, but I don’t know the players at all,” Martin said. “That’s why I think it’s important for me to get out to practice and play the last three preseason games if Rick wants me to.”
Adelman noted that with Martin back in the starting lineup, it will push Alexey Shved back to the second unit and it’s important for both groups to get used to playing with each other.
“We need to get those guys on the floor together,” Adelman said. “Trying to play different people together and see who is going to be in the rotation.”
Martin expects to play in Sunday’s preseason game against the Boston Celtics.
Today’s practice went two and a half hours and started with film study. Adelman said the team will do the same tomorrow starting once again at noon. With three preseason games left, the goal is to get the starting five on the same page and a rotation set. There is still one more roster spot that appears to be up for grabs as well.
During Saturday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors, there were multiple delay of game calls resulting in technical fouls.
The NBA made it known during the offseason that it would be handing out technicals for delay of game infractions that included players grabbing the ball after a made field goal, not allowing the opposing team to start its offense.
Adelman was in favor of this move and while Saturday’s game took a bit longer than most preseason games, he thinks players will soon learn to let the ball hit the ground and to hustle back on defense.
“Players are going to pick that up. It got out of hand (on Saturday). Guys grabbing balls, throwing it to the officials,” Adelman said. “It got to a point that sometimes it will fall right in your hands but you just have to drop it and run down the court… Once a player figures out that there’s going to be a technical, they will stop doing it.”
This is especially significant because Hummel is one of four players fighting for the final roster spot. Adelman noted after practice that his staff still doesn’t know what direction it is leaning when it comes to that decision. Right now, it still looks like it’s anyone’s spot.