Practice Report | Oct. 18, 2013

Practice Report | Oct. 18, 2013

Kyle Ratke
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are two days away from facing off against the Boston Celtics, but right now the focus is on what the Wolves need to do to prepare themselves for the start of the regular season.

While Boston looks a lot different than it did last season, so do the Wolves. This week Minnesota has been busy implementing new plays along with trying to solidify a rotation.

Tomorrow, though, the team will do a little prep work for a young, but talented Boston team.

“We haven’t looked at it yet, we’ll look at it tomorrow,” said small forward Corey Brewer. “But they have some good players. Jeff Green can really play, Avery Bradley’s going to be a good little player over there. Brandon Bass can play, so we’ve got to be ready to go.”

Coach Rick Adelman said that he’s not sure what the rotation will look like on Sunday. Things get especially tricky because the Wolves head out east next week to play back-to-back games against Philadelphia and Detroit.

Adelman is trying to make sure that his starting five gets enough time together, but realizes there are still roster decisions that need to be made.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Adelman said of playing time for his starters. “Of course we have a back-to-back. I think you probably look at the time the guys were on the floor together and you know, make a substantial amount of time but not necessarily 30-35 minutes.”

No roster moves will be made before Sunday, but after that, nobody seems to be sure what will happen. A lot will depend on who plays well during the game vs. Boston.

“We may go after the exhibition is over (before cutting players),” Adelman said. “We are trying to decide, you know, what’s the best thing. That’s why I say we may play a couple games with a couple people just seeing how they perform.”

Hummel’s Shooting Is Key

Forward Robbie Hummel is one of the players fighting for the team’s final roster spot. If he makes it, his shooting will have a lot to do with it. Hummel is the best pure shooter between himself, A.J. Price, Othyus Jeffers and Lorenzo Brown.

“He can definitely shoot the ball, but he’s a very smart player…,” Adelman said. “He’s always in the right spot, he knows what he’s doing, how to play the game at both ends. I was told when we drafted him after his knee problems in college that if he hadn’t hurt his knees like that, he might have been a lottery pick and I can see that. He’s a very good all-around player. Shooting is one of the things he really can do.”

Hummel spent last season playing in Spain and credits that to helping him grow as a player, even if it wasn’t in the NBA.

“The style of play is a lot different over there,” Hummel said. “You have to adjust and play kind of different.”

The former Purdue star has played well for the Wolves over the last two Summer Leagues and if he receives extended playing time on Sunday, expect him to make the most of it. He knows his days could be numbered.

“I think it’s more of an excitement,” Hummel said when asked whether or not he was nervous for upcoming roster decisions. “After my knees, I just want the opportunity. It’s one of those things where I’m not nervous, I’m not anxious. You know, I’ll play when I’m called upon and do what I can, but you’ve always got to stay ready.”

Quick Hits

  • Ronny Turiaf and Gorgui Dieng both speak French. The rest of the team? Not so much. When asked how his French was, Adelman responded, “Not good.” End of quote. Hummel’s response was pretty similar. “Nonexistent.” Hopefully nobody needs directions when the Wolves play the Celtics in Montreal.

  • Dieng was working with assistant coach Jack Sikma today when he threw down a dunk on a side hoop, appeared to do a partial pull-up on it and left the rim angled downward. It required a second jump to push the rim back into place.

  • Alexey Shved and Derrick Williams both had strong 3-point shooting performances from the wing on Friday. Minnesota’s guards and perimeter players continue to shoot extensive 3-point shots during post-practice routines. The key continues to be translating that shooting from practice into game night production. Shved’s productivity from distance will be important this season.

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