There’s work to be done, hay to be made, and one thing we know about this season’s Wolves squad is they like to get their work done early — leading the league with an average of 33.4 points up in the opening frame, and averaging 37 over the last 3 games.
But the hits could keep on coming. (WOJ BOMB!) Chase Budinger has been cleared to save the Wolves bench — and resume basketball activities. And as we’ve mentioned before, the Wolves will travel to Denver Friday to take on a George Karl-less Nuggets squad before returning to the Target Center to host to Boston Celtics. The changes in Denver over the last six months boggle the mind, besides Karl’s exit and Brian Shaw’s hire, Shaw’s lip service on the Nuggets’ investment in JaVale McGee and supposed lack of interest in similar investments in Kenneth Faried, the drama surrounding ownership and management fluctuation and flight north to Toronto — there’s still Ty Lawson, Andre Miller and Anthony Randolph now holding it down in Denver.
That’s right, Anthony Randolph is holding it down. Ant-Rand is averaging more minutes a night than McGee and will be for the next six weeks, at least, as McGee is out with a stress fracture in his tibia.
Regardless, the guys playing the most minutes besides Lawson, Faried and old man Miller are Randy Foye and JJ Hickson. I’ve said enough — this isn’t George Karl’s Denver club.
The Jeff Green and Avery Bradley-led Boston Celtics aren’t scaring anybody right now, either, as Jordan Crawford is currently receiving the fifth most minutes.
It is getting difficult not to look too far ahead, but the opportunities for the Wolves to continue their solid start are there.