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Updated: August 13th, 2014 5:38pm
Wolves to open on road; Love won't make return until late January

Wolves to open on road; Love won't make return until late January

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Timberwolves will have to wait until the end of January to see Kevin Love at Target Center.

Love, whose expected trade from the Wolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers can't be announced until Aug. 23, will make his return to Minneapolis, along with new teammate LeBron James, on Jan. 31. The NBA announced its entire 2014-15 schedule on Wednesday. The Wolves will play the Cavs twice this coming season, including on Dec. 23 in Cleveland.

The Wolves will begin the season on Oct. 29 at Memphis under coach Flip Saunders, who is replacing Rick Adelman. It will be the first time the Wolves have opened on the road since the 2000-01 season. The following night, the Wolves will play their home opener against Detroit.

The Wolves will have four four-game homestands with the first taking place from Nov. 19-26 and featuring a Nov. 21 matchup with NBA champion San Antonio. The second will run from Dec. 8-14 and includes visits from Golden State (on Dec. 8) and the Lakers (on Dec. 14). The Wolves also will be home for four games from Jan. 1-7, including a New Year's Day game against Sacramento, and Feb. 28-March 7. The Los Angeles Clippers will make their lone visit to Target Center on March 2.

Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will be in town on Dec. 12 and April 15 and the Lakers will return on March 25. Former Wolves star Kevin Garnett will come to town on March 16 with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Wolves will play four nationally-televised games this season: Nov. 1 vs. Chicago on NBA TV, Nov. 12 vs. Houston in Mexico City on ESPN, Jan. 7 vs. Phoenix on ESPN and April 10 at the Los Angeles Lakers on NBA TV.

If you want to check out the Wolves' entire schedule, click here.

Here are other items of interest the Wolves provided regarding their schedule:

•The Wolves will play 19 back-to-backs: nine away-away, seven away-home, two home-away and one home-home. Last year the Wolves had 20 back-to-back sets.
•The Wolves will play 52 games against Western Conference and 30 games versus Eastern Conference opponents.
•Minnesota will play each Western Conference opponent four times (two home, two away), with the exception of L.A. Clippers (one home, two away), Sacramento (two home, one away), Dallas (one home, two away), and Memphis (two home, one away). The Wolves will face off against each Eastern Conference team twice (one home, one away).

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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