MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With six new faces on the roster and a couple of injuries early in the preseason, Minnesota Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman hasn't had much of a chance to get some cohesion going in a group that figures to enter the regular season with playoff expectations.
He has two weeks left to do it, and the work started in earnest on Tuesday night.
Kevin Love had 24 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Roy chipped in 19 points in Minnesota's 114-81 victory over Maccabi Haifa.
Andrei Kirilenko had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists after sitting out the previous game with a sore hamstring. Love also missed the previous game with a sore right elbow, but showed no ill effects on Tuesday.
With a healthy Love and Kirilenko, Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman wanted to start looking at combinations that will be used extensively early in the season. The Timberwolves have six new players who figure to play major minutes this season, and Adelman gave them plenty of playing time on Tuesday night.
The talent disparity turned the game into a glorified practice for the Wolves, which is just what they needed. Love, Kirilenko, Roy and Nikola Pekovic all played at least 25 minutes, with starting point guard Luke Ridnour playing 21 while he works his way back from a back injury that limited his ability to practice in training camp.
"They haven't played together at all. That's why I played them the first three quarters," Adelman said. "In the second half, they were much better. Andrei makes a big difference defensively when he's on the floor. He's a good passer. We just have to get used to playing with each other."
Pat Calathes had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Paul Stoll scored 17 for Haifa, a visiting team from Israel that came to the United States for two exhibitions. The Greens lost to Golden State on Thursday night.
The Timberwolves shot 42 free throws to Haifa's 10.