By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on August 25, 2014
With the trade of Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers finally becoming official over the weekend, the Minnesota Timberwolves can now focus solely on the coming season.
With a refurbished roster, here are five games that will be important during the early part of the Timberwolves' 2014-2015 schedule.
Thaddeus Young was not the headline-grabbing acquisition from the Love trade, but his first game against his former team might actually be worth a look.
The Timberwolves will open the season with a tough game on the road against the Grizzlies. A win could be a nice confidence boost, even with 81 games left on the schedule.
The Heat are now vulnerable after losing LeBron James. But the Timberwolves can get a feel for where they are early in the season by competing with, or even beating, the reigning Eastern Conference champions on the road.
The home crowd at Target Center will get their first look at the Timberwolves' new players and Flip Saunders back on the bench as head coach.
The Timberwolves have to be a playoff contender for any sort of rivalry with the Spurs to be rekindled. But a home game against the defending champs looks like an early barometer for a young team.
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