Does a perfect preseason hurt or help Timberwolves for 2023-24 season?

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You could not ask for a better preseason from the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2023. The Timberwolves were tested five times and won five times. Through it all, this Minnesota Timberwolves roster appeared to be everything that they were not last season. This is a synchronized, prepared, well-disciplined team that is competing from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer.

And every player on the Timberwolves roster, from top to bottom, is playing hard.

So what am I worried about? Well, with a team that is undefeated in games that carry no weight when the long and arduous 82-game 2023-24 regular NBA season begins, will all of this success help or hurt the Minnesota Timberwolves?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are the first team to win five games in preseason. But they may not be the last. The Golden State Warriors (4-0) face the San Antonio Spurs (2-2) in their preseason finale. Only two other NBA teams remain undefeated in preseason so far, the Toronto Raptors (3-0) and the Washington Wizards (3-0), and both teams have just one more preseason game to play.

Long lag to the 2023-24 NBA season

The Minnesota Timberwolves open their 2023-24 NBA season on October 25, 2023, at 6:30 pm CT on the road against the Toronto Raptors (3-0). The season opener unfolds into the first of three October games that also include a home game against the Miami Heat (2-2) on October 28, 2023, and closing out with a road game against the Atlanta Hawks (3-1) on October 30, 2023.

While you have to hope that the Minnesota Timberwolves will continue to practice and will remain sharp for the season opener, there is always a risk when an NBA team is inactive for a period greater than two days.

The key to the Timberwolves schedule in the 2023-24 NBA season is to come out hot and never let up. But the NBA schedulers did the Wolves no favors by opening their season against the Raptors, Heat, and Hawks, all teams who were a .500 or better team last season and all looking to earn a playoff berth this season.

Frightened or fearless? How are you feeling about the Minnesota Timberwolves this season? Do you like the direction this team is going? Or are you concerned about the team’s season openers? Let us know in the comments section of our Facebook page.

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