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.

Somebody call a doctor: Wolves at Rockets tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves guards, Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Vikings, Wolves news Updated: November 7, 2010 - 5:44 PM

The 1-5 Wolves play the league's only remaining winless team -- the 0-5 Rockets -- tonight in Houston.

Maybe they should play this one in a medical ward instead.

The Rockets will have Yao Ming in the lineup after sitting him out last night in San Antonio for the first half of these back-to-back games, but they're starting their third-string point guard, rookie Ishmael Smith, because Aaron Brooks (sprained ankle)) and Kyle Lowry (back spams) both are out.

The Wolves, meanwhile, are banged up, too.

They waited until the 60-minute deadline before tonight's game to decide whether Luke Ridnour would start at the point because of a sore hamstring that seems to be getting.

He's a go, but the Wolves also activated Maurice Ager and de-activated Lazar Hayward just in case Ridnour can't play much and they need a backup to Sebastian Telfair at the point.

Wayne Ellington could play some there, too, if needed.

Michael Beasley's hip also remains sore, but he is scheduled to start here for an early 6 p.m. start.

Rookie Wes Johnson will start again at shooting guard as well.



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