UPDATE: According to Jerry Zgoda of StarTribune the starting lineup will depend heavily on the availability of JJ Barea. Adelman has remained coy on who will play and who won’t but this is Zgoda’s best guess

According to an AP report, Michael Beasley will miss the next 3 games with what is being called a strained foot. Beasley has not been extremely efficient so far this year but he will be missed in the rotation in the Wolves first back-back-back. They are scheduled to play the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors, and Chicago Bulls. Derrick Williams will be starting in his place. It is hard not to be excited to see the #2 pick get his chance to start but remember that Williams had problems adjusting to the SF position during training camp. Lets hope his struggles have mostly ceased and a particular soft start to the 3 game stretch will help boost his confidence. If Williams does struggle to adjust, this may echo the main concern Cleveland coach Byron Scott had when making the choice between him and Kyrie Irving. Scott was quoted as saying this with regards to Derrick

“I just didn’t know what position to say he was or is. Is he a power forward? Is he a small forward? I still think he’s going to be one of those guys who is going to be in the league for a long time and averages 15, 17 points a game. But at that particular time, with that No. 1 pick, what we really, truly needed was a point guard and that’s what we went after.”

This is also could be an excuse for Adelman to shake up the starting lineup. Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams have pretty good chemistry on the court so far this year and it may be wise for Adelman to play them together whenever possible.

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