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.

Wolves at Cleveland: J.J. Barea expects to play tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: February 11, 2013 - 6:02 PM

J.J. Barea is out on the floor just before the opening tap here in Cleveland tonight, a sign that he'll try to play after sitting out Sunday's game in Memphis because of that foot sprain.

He was out on the court last night, too, but went to the locker room about five minutes before opening tip and didn't play.

Instead, he iced down the foot for most of the first quarter, then came out to the bench to cheer his teammates for the rest of the game when he said the foot wasn't nearly healed enough to let him play.

Without him, the Wolves have just three healthy guards, which makes it problematic to play that three-guard lineup Rick Adelman likes so much.

"We just have to watch him," Adelman said. "We can't get to a point where he hurts it more. He'd like to try to play, but he has to let us know."

The last time these two teams played -- back in December -- both team's point guards (Ricky Rubio and first-time All Star Kyrie Irving) were out injured.

 

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