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.

Mbah a Moute "game-time decision" for tonight's OKC game

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: January 4, 2014 - 2:28 PM

A little of this and that from this morning's shootaround before tonight's game against Oklahoma CIty:

* Reserve forward Luc Mbah a Moute is being called the classic "game-time decision" because of a groin injury sustained in Wednesday's victory over New Orleans. They sure could use him as another body along with Corey Brewer and Dante Cunningham to defend Kevin Durant.

* The Wolves are calling Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf out for tonight, but both scrimmaged long and hard on Friday and each could return any game now.

* The Thunder are again playing without Russell Westbrook, just like they were in the season's second game when the Wolves thumped them 100-81 at Target Center.

* Shabazz Muhammad on his D-League assisgment that begins with games this coming week in the D-League Showcase in Reno: "I'd rather go down and play right now, to be honest with you. Watching is a good thing, too, but sometime you just want to go out and play and it feels like I haven't played a game in a while so that's something I'm excited to go do...

"I'm really strong mentally. I know i'm a rookie and (Rick) Adelman is a Hall of Fame coach. He likes his veterans a lot. That's something I keep in mind and he tells me something I just abide by."

* Kevin Love is looking like a baby after a haircut and shaving his beard for Friday's GQ photo shoot. But don't worry, he promises he'll grow it back.

* Tonight's game features the league's two leading scorers, No. 1 Durant and No. 2 Love.

"I've been knowing Kevin since I was about 14 years old," Durant said. "He has grown as much as a player. I mean, he couldn't shoot a lick when I first met him and now he's the best three-point shooter in the league after Steph Curry."

Said Love of the allegation that he once couldn't shoot a lick: ""That's a lie. If you think he doesn't any weight on him now, he had no weight on him when he was that age."

* The Thunder could be kind of ornery after blowing 16-point leads and losing in each of their last two home games before tonight.

"It's just how I want it to be," OKC coach Scott Brooks said when asked about his team's mood. "This group of guys doesn't like to lose. We've always had a great track record of bouncing back. Unfortunately, we didn't close out the game the last game. We've always been a hungry team and always had a great mindset...We've always had a good mindset coming back after a loss."

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