Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves will play a preseason game vs. the Boston Celtics at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, on Oct. 20 as part of the second annual NBA Canada Series, the league announced today. The Wolves will serve as the visiting team.
The Wolves defeated the Detroit Pistons 95-76 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg last October as part of the inaugural NBA Canada Series.
“We’re excited to be a part of the NBA Canada Series again this year,” said Timberwolves President Chris Wright. “The NBA’s outreach into Canada displays the league’s commitment to expand basketball in the country and further demonstrates that it is truly a global game. We look forward to visiting Montreal.”
The NBA Canada Series, which tipped off for the first time last season with a game between the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks in Montreal and the Wolves and Detroit Pistons in Winnipeg, will once again celebrate basketball with live NBA action, interactive fan events and community outreach programs designed to develop further the game in Canada.
“The NBA Canada Series captures the unique experience of a live NBA game for our fans outside of Toronto, and helps fuel the increasing interest in our game across the country,” said Dan MacKenzie, Vice President and General Manager, NBA Canada. “Montreal is a great sporting city and we look forward to returning this year with another exciting match-up.”
The Wolves played their first international preseason game in the Dominican Republic in 2002, followed by games in Istanbul and London for 2007 NBA Europe Live, and games in London and Paris as part of 2010 NBA Europe Live. The team also traveled to Tokyo, Japan, for the 1999 Regular Season Opening Games.
The remainder of the Wolves 2013 preseason schedule will be announced at a later date.