Jerry Zgoda missed the entire Kevin Garnett era, but he's back covering the Timberwolves after working the beat for their first four seasons two decades ago. In between, he covered a bit of everything: Gopher men's and women's basketball and NCAA athletics, golf, outdoor recreation, sports media and a little Vikings and Twins.

Two in a row? Wolves' home stand continues with Portland tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: February 4, 2013 - 4:34 PM

Some stuff from Wolves and Blazers' morning shootarounds:

* The Blazers are calling guard Wesley Matthews, who missed Saturday's game against Utah because of a sprained ankle, a game-time decision. But judging how he was moving at the end of shoot, it looks like a good bet that he will play.

* NBA commissioner David Stern will be in town Wednesday for the Spurs game -- 8 p.m. start time for ESPN -- and will meet with the media before the game.

* Wolves forward Dante Cunningham -- a former Blazer, btw -- is coming off that perfect 9-for-9 shooting night in Saturday's blowout victory over New Orleans.

When asked if he had ever had a game like that, Cunningham said, "Yeah, in practice. It happens all the time in practice. It's a totally different beast in a game. It's something new, something I'd like to see again."

I asked him if he felt perfect the rest of the weekend.

"It definitely was a good feeling. You know, the Ravers won, so I was definitely feeling even better about the weekend."

* Wolves forward Lou Amundson said he has been talking with his agent about the very real possibility that he will be traded or waived Friday if the Wolves intend to make room for both Chris Johnson and Mickael Gelabale for the rest of the season.

"It's a business so you have to kind of think ahead," Amundson said. "Whatever happens, just continue to do what I'm doing. Everything's on the table right now. You never like to get traded, but sometimes the situation isn't what you hope to it to be. It can work out for the best sometimes."

* Nic Batum is back in town with the Blazers. He's the guy, you'll remember, with whom the Wolves did that intricate free-agent dance last summer.

The Wolves made that $46 million offer that the Blazers matched and Batum is delivering a season this year that suggests he's worth all that money, averaging 16 ppg, 6 rpg, 5 apg and shooting 36.2 percent from three-point distance.

He laughed when I asked him if he didn't at least send David Kahn and the Wolves a nice fruit basket or at least a thank-you note.

"No, no," he said, "I should, I think."

* Batum got together with old pal and French National teammate Gelabale Sunday night. Both, it turns out, stayed in the same downtown hotel.

He did provide this little tidbit about his friend: When pronounced, Gelabale's surname means, "I got the ball."

* Batum said David Kahn asked him about Gelabale "a couple months ago," probably when the Wolves were in Portland right after Thanksgiving.

* Chris Johnson played 30 regular season games with the Blazers in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons and still keeps in contact with the handful of players -- LaMarcus Aldridge, Matthrews, Nolan Smith, Luke Babbitt -- who remain there. "But they got a totally new team," he said.

* Batum said he's played with some point guards before -- Andre Miller, Steve Blake, Raymond Felton -- but...

"He's different," Batum said. "He's good, he's very good and he's going to be Rookie of the Year."

That's all from Target Center for now.

We'll see if Saturday's runaway win was an aberration or if the Wolves can keep that winning going against a surprising Blazers team that's fighting for the playoffs with a 24-23 record.


New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Portland 0 Postponed
Brooklyn 0
Sacramento 0 Postponed
New York 0
Philadelphia 74 FINAL
New Orleans 99
Minnesota 84 FINAL
Oklahoma City 92
Orlando 94 FINAL
Memphis 103
Boston 99 FINAL
Utah 90
Denver 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 102
Army 68 FINAL
American Univ 66
Wright State 64 FINAL
Detroit 53
Syracuse 83 FINAL
North Carolina 93
Cleveland State 56 FINAL
Oakland 59
Delaware State 54 FINAL
NC Central 55
High Point 63 FINAL
Presbyterian 54
Howard 45 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 42
Coppin State 84 FINAL
NC A&T 71
Nicholls 51 FINAL
Northwestern St 80
Hampton 56 FINAL
SC State 65
Gardner-Webb 59 FINAL
Campbell 78
MD-Eastern Shore 72 FINAL
Florida A&M 65
Stephen F Austin 82 FINAL
Lamar 65
Central Arkansas 67 FINAL
New Orleans 87
Norfolk State 70 FINAL
Savannah State 54
SE Louisiana 61
Sam Houston St 80 FINAL
Abilene Christian 63
McNeese State 84 FINAL
Incarnate Word 86
Milwaukee 48 FINAL
Valparaiso 73
Alcorn State 66 FINAL
Alabama A&M 78
Southern U 59 FINAL
Alabama State 63
Prairie View 68 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 105
Texas 86 FINAL
Iowa State 89
Texas Southern 85 FINAL
Miss Valley St 84
Long Island 85 FINAL
Bryant 88
Central Conn St 51 FINAL
St Francis-NY 49
Fairleigh Dickinson 0 Postponed
Sacred Heart 0
St Francis-PA 87 FINAL
Wagner 74
Delaware State 59 FINAL
NC Central 66
Howard 53 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 61
Coppin State 49 FINAL
NC A&T 67
Hampton 88 FINAL
SC State 53
Norfolk State 54 FINAL
Savannah State 56
MD-Eastern Shore 54 FINAL
Florida A&M 64
Angelo State 55 FINAL
Abilene Christian 70
Samford 32 FINAL
(25) Chattanooga 49
Prairie View 83 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 66
Alcorn State 58 FINAL
Alabama A&M 55
Southern U 53 FINAL
Alabama State 49
Texas Southern 63 FINAL
Miss Valley St 52
(12) Texas A&M 61 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 79
Robert Morris 68 FINAL
Mount St Marys 44
East Tenn St 72 FINAL
Mercer 70
Wofford 56 FINAL
Furman 58
Morehead St 64 FINAL
Tenn Tech 54
Illinois 57 FINAL
Michigan 70
Quinnipiac 0 Postponed
Manhattan 0
Saint Peters 0 Postponed
Rider 0
(18) Miss State 59 FINAL
Auburn 48
(15) Nebraska 72 FINAL
(20) Iowa 78


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