Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/3/12
MINNEAPOLIS -- If you hung around Target Center enough last year, you heard, over and over, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman despairing over his lack of depth, pleading for more playmakers, dissing his defense. What a difference an off-season makes. A re-tooled Wolves roster that was playing Friday without stars Kevin Love (broken hand) and Rickey Rubio (knee surgery) showed it had more of everything Adelman wanted. The result was a bench-led, energy-driven season-opening 92-80 victory over the Sacramento Kings. "It was a very good win for us," said Adelman, whose Wolves shot 36.8 percent, going 2-for-17 on three-pointers ... and still winning by a dozen points. The reasons: Bench play and defense. The bench scored half of the Wolves points, led by guard J.J. Barea's 21 points. The bench also supplied much of the defensive energy (four blocks by backup center Greg Stiemsma) and turned around a game that was going Sacramento's way in the third quarter. It was a n...
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