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.

Barea will play tonight at Toronto

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: January 9, 2012 - 5:43 PM

Expect J.J. Barea to play tonight in Toronto after missing the last four games because of that hamstring injury.

Rick Adelman said he's not sure just how much or in what situations Barea will play yet, but Adelman, his staff and the team's athletic trainers will monitor how he's moving and decided how much he's prepared to play.

Meanwhile, Adelman is sticking with that same starting lineup so many of you admire so much: Luke Ridnour and Wayne Ellington in the backcourt, Wes Johnson, Darko Milicic and Kevin Love up front.

Expect, though, to see lots of Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams off the bench.

Adelman said he decided after Friday's loss to Cleveland that Williams needs to play more. The question is just when and where because Adelman still wants to use him mostly at power forward rather than small forward, a decision that limits Adelman some because Love already gets so many of the minutes there.

Tonight's game also features pals Rubio and Jose Calderon playing against each other for the first time in the NBA. They played together on the Spanish national team and Rubio started for Calderon when he was injured in that 2008 Olympic gold-medal game.

 

 

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