Battered and bruised, Wolves face Blazers with everyone still in lineup
- Blog Post by: Jerry Zgoda
- January 25, 2014 - 9:50 PM
After getting not one but three scares in Friday's victory at Golden State, the Wolves head into tonight's game at Portland with Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea all prepared to play.
Rubio sprained his ankle drawing a charge from Andre Iguodala late in Friday's game and couldn't finish the final minute because of it.
"Not a big deal," Rubio said after Friday's game.
Love turned his ankle twice and banged his knee Friday, but finished the game.
"I was a little worried about him, him and Ricky seemed to be the two that were real aggravated," Rick Adelman said, referring to Love.
And J.J. Barea bruised his back when he fell hard to the floor late in the third quarter. He played only the game's final 20 seconds after that, when Rubio could no longer go.
"I'm still sore from the fall, but I'm moving fine, as long as I don't get hit again," Barea said. "I'll be fine, I'll play the same way. It's a bruise, so no big deal."
The Wolves were the rest team the last time these teams played and the Blazers were the team playing its fourth game in five nights when the Wolves led by 30 points before winning 120-109 last month at Target Center.
This time, the Wolves are playing a back-to-back against a Blazers team that last played at home on Thursday.
"I'd like to see us get up by 30 again, but I don't think that's going to happen," Adelman said.
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