Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Brandon Roy didn't have any issues with his knees in the preseason, which has TWolves fans breathing a sigh of relief. Roy played in all seven games and was the team's starting shooting guard in them all.
"I was excited about that, my goal was to play in all the games, even the back-to-backs, and I was able to do that. I wanted to get in shape and push my body. After all that, I feel really good."
With Kevin Love missing (at least) the first 10 games of the season, Roy's scoring AND health becomes vital during the first month of the season. With Ricky Rubio out until mid-December, Roy's ball handling in the backcourt becomes valuable and important, too. Though, the Wolves have guys like Ridnour, Barea and Shved to 'shore up' those concerns.
Roy finished the preseason with averages of 21.3mpg, 10.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists.
My biggest question will be how many minutes he can play in a night OR rather how many minutes will Adelman allow him to play? It sounds as though, if it were up to Roy, he'd be out there all 48. I'm thinking he'll average somewhere around 30-35 minutes a night. It'll probably be closer to that 35+ mark with Kevin Love out. I'd also expect somewhere between 15-23 points a game from Roy.
Brandon Roy will be the Wolves' starting shooting guard, joining Luke Ridnour (to begin the season) in the backcourt. Andrei Kirilenko will be the starting small forward (according to Adelman). Nikola Pekovic is the starting center. And it'll be either Dante Cunningham or Derrick Williams as the starting power forward. Adelman says he'll use the next week of practices to decide on a starting power forward. The TWolves open the season on Friday night vs. the Sacramento Kings at the Target Center.
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