Martell Webster will make his first start of the season tonight in Orlando, replacing Luke Ridnour in the backcourt alongside Ricky Rubio.

Ridnour did not make the trip for tonight's game against the Magic because of personal reasons.

Wolves coach Rick Adelman said he decided to start Webster at shooting guard and keep Wes Johnson starting at small forward because he wants their combined size against the Magic's big 2-3 tandem of Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu.

He also said he wants to give Webster a chance to play more, so he can determine what he can do in his recovery from from September back surgery.

Also, Darko Milicic is expected to return to the lineup after missing four games because of a sprained ankle (and illness and a strained quad before that as well).

Expect him to come off the bench behind Nikola Pekovic on a night when the Wolves might have to use Pek, Darko! and Brad Miller -- and their 18 combined fouls -- against Magic center Dwight Howard, unless, of course, he gets traded in the next three hours.

 

 

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