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Practice Report | Back At Practice
After a week off, the Minnesota Timberwolves were back at practice on Wednesday night.
The topic, to no one’s surprise, revolved around All-Star Weekend. The majority of Minneapolis media members weren’t in Toronto for the festivities for the weekend, so they wanted to know what the magical 24-hour span for the Timberwolves was all about.
Timberwolves interim head coach Sam Mitchell knows it’s just an All-Star Weekend and in the grand scheme of things doesn’t equal wins, but he was still very impressed in what he saw from Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Karl-Anthony Towns.
“For All-Star Weekend, I’m proud of the guys, bring home some awards, put a little cash in their pockets, have fun and experience it,” Mitchell said. “But we want those guys to be apart of it. We want the next phase for these guys to participate in the All-Star Game.”
For LaVine to win the Rising Stars MVP and Slam Dunk Contest, and Towns to win the Skills Challenge, it reminded the basketball world just how talented the Wolves are, even if their time isn’t quite yet.
“It was a lot of fun,” LaVine said. “I feel like we represented really well. We made our families proud, made ourselves proud and accomplished the goals that we wanted to do and just had fun with it.”
Kevin Martin (wrist) was back at practice and according to Mitchell, Martin will play on Friday against Memphis if he feels fine again tomorrow.
Nikola Pekovic (foot), Kevin Garnett (knee) and Nemanja Bjelica (foot) did not practice. Garnett will not play on Friday. The status of Pekovic and Bjelica is unknown.
Trade Deadline Approaches
The NBA trade deadline hits on Thursday at 2 p.m. CST. Mitchell said that it’s nothing that he worries about and hasn’t as a coach. He’ll adjust as coach to whatever moves, if any, are made. The same goes for the players.
“It’s just part of the business,” Mitchell said. “It’s just part of our business when the trade deadline comes… They just can’t worry about it. You’ve just got to continue to play, go to practice, work and not worry about it. It’s just part of our business.”