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Basketblog: Road trip to Fargo on the horizon

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Nothing like a weekday October road trip to Fargo on Wednesday to catch my first glimpse of the new look Wolves. There are several things I am looking forward to this season, most of all the NBA returns of Brandon Roy and Andrei Kiralenko will prove to be must watch as our favorite NBA team begins "Return to Relevance 2012".

Defensive swagger:

I really hope this team brings an edge every game. If we want to play with the big boys of L.A and OKC in the west, we need a swagger that can actually deliver when it matters. On paper, this is the most talented team we have had here in a decade and our squad played tremendous fourth quarter defense last season. AK47 should help set the tone for the team, but will Roy and du'jour guards be able to stop the better shooting guards in the league?

Rotation:

Sure, tomorrow's game against Indy in Fargo means very little in the big picture, but how will Rick Adelman use his bench. One of the big pieces to improvement this year came in the depth department. This team has more depth top to bottom and getting production from the bench is critical.

Pieces are in place:

Adelman is one of the best coaches in the NBA and until Rubio went down with his knee injury the team was in position for a playoff run. Last year's version was flawed from a character standpoint. No matter how badly Michael Beasley wanted to change his image, or how many shots Wes Johnson made in practice, the chemistry wasn't there. Adelman seems much more comfortable with his team this season than last and the Target Center wizard might be able to produce a bit of magic with this group.

What I won't see tomorrow:

Yeah, I'll be crossing the days off the calendar until the Spaniard returns, but the ability to tread water until Ricky returns is critical for a post season birth.

Countdown to Nov 2:

We are excited to be the over the air home of the Wolves. The following games will be available over the air on My29.

November 2 vs. Sacramento
November 9 vs. Indiana
November 10 @ Chicago
November 30 vs. Milwaukee
December 23 @ New York
December 29 vs. Phoenix
January 5 vs. Portland
January 9 @ Oklahoma City
February 1 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
February 2 vs. New Orleans
February 10 @ Memphis
March 2 @ Portland
March 4 vs. Miami
March 9 @ Denver
March 10 vs. Dallas
March 15 @ Houston
March 22 @ Phoenix
March 27 vs. Los Angeles Lakers
March 30 vs. Memphis
April 1 vs. Boston
April 6 vs. Detroit
April 12 @ Utah
April 13 vs. Phoenix
April 17 @ San Antonio

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