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The NBA released the revised and shortened schedule for the 2011-2012 season, and the Timberwolves got pretty lucky.
Let me start by saying that this year isn’t going to be easy. At all. The Wolves start off the season with difficult match-ups against some of the league’s best, such as Oklahoma City, Miami, Dallas and San Antonio. Those are experienced teams with perennial players across the lineup that could cause serious line up problems for the Wolves. OKC has Durant, who poses as a threat to any defender. Miami, well, you already know what I’m going to say. And Dallas and San Antonio are two of the most experienced teams in the league, led by two of the best power forwards to ever play the game.
With that said, how in the hell could we be considered lucky? One thing all of those games have in common is that they’ll be taking place on our hardwood, the Target Center. The one place a shaky, inexperienced yet verdant team has any chance at all to at least make the bout close is at home. The one place where the playing field becomes even for under priveledged teams, thanks to thousands of rabid fans, rooting their team on. The Target Center is home to a pro basketball championship now, you know.
But there’s no hiding the truth: the Timberwolves didn’t play well at home last season. They only went 12-29, in fact. But when you compare that to a measly 5-36 on the road, things start to change a little bit. When you analyze some of the league’s other bottom-dwellers, most of them held significantly worse road records than home records including the Clippers, Raptors and Wizards.
Regardless of whether they’re home or not, I believe this team is going to have a rejuvenated hope in what they can become. Kahn only added pieces to the puzzle rather than starting fresh yet again.