The Minnesota Timberwolves travelled to Winnipeg (Canada) earlier this week, for a Wednesday night game versus the Detroit Pistons. This is the second-to-last preseason game, the Wolves' first (and only) matchup vs. Detroit as Minnesota looks to go to 4-2 in preseason action.
Kevin Love did not travel to Winnipeg, he's been given the week off to relax and clear his head, he'll be doing so in California, but should be back in Minnesota sometime next weekend.
Minnesota will be getting some of their injured starters back. Luke Ridnour is expected to return to the starting lineup, we've only seen him in two preseason games thus far, because of a herniated disc in his back. He received a cortisone shot in his back late last week. Nikola Pekovic is also expected to return to action. He missed Minnesota's last game vs. the Bulls. He pulled some ligaments in his hand and will likely be wearing a pad on his hand.
Dante Cunningham started last week vs. the Chicago Bulls, second-year forward Derrick Williams is expected to get the starting nod at power forward, tonight. A breakout game would ultimately seal his place in the starting lineup. He's capable, but the most important things is that he shows he can be consistent.
For the Pistons, they've set their starting lineup for the season, it's the exact same as last year. Let's take a look at each team's projected starting lineup...
These are the likely starting lineups. For Minnesota, that'll almost certainly be the starters, but for Detroit, they may opt to get a look at some other players in that starting lineup (though Coach Frank has said that his opening starting lineup is set).
The Pistons drafted Andre Drummond with the 9th overall pick and he's probably the player I'm most looking forward to seeing on Wednesday. Detroit also drafted Kim English & Khris Middleton, they signed 2011 draftee Kyle Singler and also traded Ben Gordon to the Bobcats for Corey Maggette.
The Pistons are likely a lottery-bound team, once again this season.
I'm most looking forward to the shooting guard & center matchups in this one. Brandon Roy will be going against one of the Top 10 shooting guards in the League (in Rodney Stuckey). Stuckey is probably the best guard he's faced yet this preseason. At center it's Pek vs. Monroe. Greg is one of the League's best centers and both of these players are rising stars in this League. They have different playing styles and should be fun to watch on both ends. I also hope Pek sees some time against the rookie Drummond. Both are big physical beings...but I think we all know the more physical player.
That's all for now, tipoff for this one is set for 7pmCT. Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
Cody D. Anderson
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