Timberwolves arrive in Utah ahead of tonight's game after extended layover in Denver

Weather kept them grounded yesterday; they arrive hours before game time

Sloane Martin
March 14, 2019 - 8:36 am

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The Timberwolves are scheduled to play the Utah Jazz Thursday night on the road, and they landed just hours before tip-off thanks to the massive, widespread winter blizzard.

The team Twitter account announced their arrival in Salt Lake City Thursday afternoon. They had to wait until it was safe to take off.

Minnesota played the Nuggets late Tuesday night in Colorado and expected to fly out to Utah yesterday. 

"That plan backfired a little bit yesterday because they woke up to that bomb cyclone in Denver," Timberwolves VP of Communications Brad Ruiter told John Hines on the WCCO Morning News Thursday. "They literally sat on the plane and at the airport all day yesterday."

Denver Airport officials closed all runways for just the fourth time in history. More than 1,400 flights were canceled Wednesday as airlines handed out blankets to stranded travelers. The aftermath is continuing Thursday.

They're on site, but arriving this late before a game is definitely breaking the professional athlete gameday routine.

"It's not ideal to be flying into a city literally hours before you're supposed to play a game," he said. "I haven't heard any concern that that's not going to happen this morning, it's just not an ideal competitive situation when you're flying into a city and then turning around and playing a few hours later."

We'll have the pregame at 7:30 here on your home of the Timberwolves.

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