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.

BRoy returns to Portland, Pek and AK out vs. Blazers

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: March 2, 2013 - 8:55 PM

The Wolves are down to nine healthy guys once again now that starters Andrei Kirilenko and Nikola Pekovic both are out for tonight's game at Portland.

Greg Stiemsma will replace Pekovic at center after big Pek sustained an abdominal strain on Thursday in Los Angeles at the Lakers.

And Mickael Gelabale will start at small forward for Kirilenko, who remains out because of a strained calf.

Meanwhile, Brandon Roy met with media before the game, his first back at the Rose Garden accompanying the Wolves even though he won't play.

He said he got excited just flying back into Portland with the team yesterday and said he hopes to resume practicing with the team when it returns from this three-game trip and still hopes he can play some when injured Kevin Love and Chase Budinger return for the final weeks of the season.

He stayed at his Portland home Friday night.

"Just going back home brings back memories of some really special nights here in the Rose Garden," Roy said. "I have so many memories from my very first season right up until my last that I forget things that people remind about. Like, `Oh, yeah, that was a big moment.' That's what you want coming into this league, to create memories.

"I have a lot of special ones, especially in this building."

Roy said he remains hoepful he can still salvage something from this season.

"I don't know, I'm not sure," Roy said when asked what kind of player he hopes he can return to. "I wouldn't know how to answer that. As long as I can play and not in too much pain, I'll be happy with that."

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