Break's over: Wolves, Kirilenko are back vs. Sixers
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- February 20, 2013 - 6:46 PM
Andrei Kirilenko says he's well and ready to play again tonight vs. Philadelphia at Target Center after he missed five games because of a strained quad.
He predicts it will take him a couple games to get back to top form.
"I miss 10, 14 days, it takes you out of the game a little bit, but what can you do," Kirilenko said. "Right now, I feel great."
J.J. Barea also is back, from four days back home in Puerto Rico getting some warm sand therapy on sprained foot.
"It was awesome, awesome man," he said. "Great time, great weather. Spent some time with my family, so it was good times. I feel great. My foot's a lot better. I'm ready to go."
Tonight, btw, is the eve of the NBA's annual trade deadline.
Rick Adelman said before tonight's game that he doesn't expect his team -- reported to have made inquries about players ranging from Denver center Timofey Mozgov to Utah's Paul Millsap and probably every legitimately sized shooting guard on the trading block -- to make a deal.
"I don't think so, but who know," he said. "It sounds like everything's quiet right now...If nothing's out there that makes sense, we have a group that can win games. We have to go out and play like that. Trades, sometimes they happen immediately, sometimes it takes a while, sometimes they never happen at all. You see a lot of stuff in the media, but I'd say 90 is not going to go on at all."
Asked if he would told the team is making a deal, he said, "I certainly hope so. They'd definitely come to me about that."
The deadline is 2 p.m. tomorrow Twin Cities time.
One other thing:
Adelman also said he doesn't expect Brandon Roy to play again, said it'd be a "pleasant surprise" if he did.
If the Wolves don't use Roy's contract to swing a deal by tomorrow, expect them to come to some resolution about his contract and retirement sometime after that.
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