Wolves intend to continue tweaking lineup in preseason's final week
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Just over one week until the Timberwolves open the season against the Orlando Magic, coach Rick Adelman is still tinkering with his playing rotation.
Starting Derrick Williams at small forward Sunday in place of Corey Brewer in a 104-89 win against Boston was the latest tweak Adelman has made as he has tried to find a lineup combination he is happy with.
The Wolves' final two preseason games -- road trips to Philadelphia and Detroit on Wednesday and Thursday -- are likely to see Adelman continue to experiment with his rotation. As result, Williams and others who have had primarily second team roles in the preseason may get prolonged looks this week.
"We'll try to give a chance for some of those people to play," Adelman said. "We've talked about the situation. It'll come down to after the two games where we'll sit down and say 'What's best? What's the best 15 for our group?'"
Four starting spots are foregone conclusions (Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic), but the outlook at the starting small forward slot and the bench rotation remains under evaluation.
Could Brewer end up being shifted into largely a sixth man role off the bench, similar to how he was used last season with Denver? It is a possibility, but again, Adelman isn't ready to make a final decision.
"I haven't really talked to him about it, but you do see the difference when he came off the bench the other night," Adelman said. "He just brings so much energy ... Certainly, if he did come off the bench, he'd be one of the top sixth men in the league."
Brewer had seven points, six rebounds and a plus-17 rating in 21 minutes off the bench against Boston.
Adelman's intention is to keep a set starting-five rather than a fluid lineup, beginning next Wednesday against the Magic, but he did add the caveat that it's "not a perfect world."