Preview: Utah at Wolves
- February 13, 2013 - 12:08 AM
Preview: Injured Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko on Tuesday was named the FIBA International Player of the Year for 2012, just one week after he received the EuroPlayer of the Year award. ... The 29-24 Jazz beat Oklahoma City at home on Wednesday night and is battling Houston for the final two spots in the West. ... The Jazz won the season's first meeting 106-84 on Jan. 2 in Salt Lake City. That matches the Wolves' worst loss of the season.
Players to watch: Former Timberwolves guard Randy Foye shot 49.2 percent from three-point range for the month of January and also averaged 12.6 points and shot 46.9 from the field in 14 games that month. He carried that shooting into February, tying a season-high with six three-pointers at Portland on Feb. 2. He is starting at shooting guard beside veteran point guard Jamaal Tinsley. ... Former Timberwolf Al Jefferson is first among all NBA centers in field-goal attempts, second in field goals made and points per game, third in free-throw percentage, fifth in defensive rebounds, seventh among assists and 10th among steals. He is averaging 17.4 points and 9.5 rebounds a game. He is a free agent after the season and has been mentioned frequently in trade rumors.
Injuries: Wolves F Andrei Kirilenko (quad strain), F Kevin Love (hand surgery), F Chase Budinger (knee surgery), G Brandon Roy (knee surgery), G Malcolm Lee (knee, hip surgery) are out. Jazz G Gordon Hayward (sprained shoulder) is listed as doubtful, G Mo Williams (thumb surgery) and G Raja Bell (not with team) are out.
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