Timberwolves stuck in Denver ahead of tonight's game, hope to make it to Utah

'Bomb cyclone' grounding thousands of flights; scheduled to play Jazz tonight

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, but instead, they're stuck in Denver thanks to the massive, widespread winter blizzard.

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.

The Timberwolves hope to fly out sometime Thursday morning to get to Salt Lake City for Thursday night's game, but it's 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.