Greetings once again from Target Center, where the Wolves and Grizzlies will tip off in just under an hour.
Here's what we got from the pre-game access:
--Wolves guard J.J. Barea (hamstring) will not play, and Wolves coach Rick Adelman said he might not play Friday. The trainers are being very cautious with Barea this time around after he came back from the injury quickly the first time.
--Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has his work cut out with the mounting injuries to his front court. The most recent, of course, was the news that a knee injury will knock Zach Randolph out for two months. That leaves the Grizzlies pretty thin in the big man department. Memphis was still able to score 70-plus points in the paint against Sacramento last night, and they did it by playing a smaller lineup a whole lot, one that included Rudy Gay at the four spot. But Sacramento is not a very good defensive team. So we'll see how that goes tonight.
"This is a great opportunity for our team to show their character," Hollins said. "To show what they're made of. I don't think you can have success without some kind of adversity and being able to overcome it."
--By the way, Hollins is in town coaching a game at Target Center while his son, Austin, is playing shooting guard for the Gophers against Iowa. So he'll miss his son's game. But Hollins said he's seen Austin play a number of times this year, either on TV or in person. He was asked if Austin reminded him of himself.
"I don't see myself in him at all," Hollins said. "(Austin) is a different player than I was. I was a lot more aggressive. I was a scorer through all my career until I got in the NBA. And he does the right thing, plays the right way. Tubby (Smith, the Gophers coach) would have had a hard time coaching me. I would have taken a lot more bad shots than (Austin) does."
--Adelman said he liked the way Michael Beasley attacked the basket Wednesday and hopes that continues tonight. "He didn't settle for the jump shot," Adelman said. "He tried to get to the basket. He's going to make his shots, but you can't rely on that as a continuous thing. He has to attack as much as he can."
--The key for the Wolves tonight, according to Adelman, is slowing the Grizzlies down in terms of scoring in the paint. We'll see how that goes.
That's about all for now. I'll get back to you after the game.