The Wolves are 2-1 without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio, and one reason is thanks to great efforts off the bench. Rick Adelman has trusted his bench players to the point where most of the starters haven't seen much time on the court in the fourth quarter.
Chase Budinger says head coach Rick Adelman is "really good at changing lineups, putting guys in who he thinks give us the best chance to win."
The 2-1 start is helping the Wolves climb up a few NBA power rankings. The highest they go is No. 14 in CBS Sports' rankings. NBA.com has them all the way back at No. 24.