Last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves finished the season with a record of 26-40 and missed the playoffs by 10 games. Based on their winning percentage of 39.4 percent, they would have won 32 games in an 82-game schedule.
While preparing for the Olympics in Las Vegas, power forward Kevin Love told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he wants to make the playoffs this season. If the Twolves fall short again, he may request a trade:
My patience is not high. Would yours be, especially when I'm a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these [Team USA] guys seem to have great players around them. It's tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about. If I don’t make the playoffs next year I don’t know what will happen.
With the moves the Wolves have made, it's safe to say that general manager David Kahn got the memo. They have signed Brandon Roy, Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved.
He also traded for Dante Cunningham and sharpshooter Chase Budinger.
So, how does the schedule look? Will the Wolves be able to make Love happy?
With 23 sets of back-to-back games, it won't be easy.