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.

Building off a victory

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves pre-game, On the road Updated: January 18, 2012 - 6:28 PM

Greetings again from Target Center.

Youngblood here. I'll be covering the game tonight.

Just got done talking with Wolves coach Rick Adelman. Here is the pre-game lowdown:

--It looks like J.J. Barea (hamstring, twisted ankle) will play tonight. Adelman didn't know how much. He will see how effective and how in shape Barea looks before deciding on minutes.

--A big theme during Adelman's pre-game talk was about building off the Sacramento victory with another strong outing. He has a point, of course. The Wolves recent history points to a team that plays up -- or down -- to the competition. Look at the way the team responded with two victories earlier in the season with a less-than-inspiring effort against a Memphis team that was without Zach Randolph. Here is Adelman on the subject: "i think we get a little bit of success and we think that we have conquered something," he said. "We keep telling them they have to build off it, they can't just get one win and settle back. We have to get some kind of momentum going in the other direction and see if we can't close the gap here. That's what we keep talking about. We've won the Sacramento game, but we have another one (at home) before going out on the road. So it's a really important game."

That's about it for now. I'll get back to you after the game.

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