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.

No J.J. Barea tonight vs. Rockets

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: February 17, 2012 - 6:19 PM

J.J. Barea won't play tonight against the Rockets in Houston.

He flew to Minneapolis earlier today to be with his girlfriend, who is expected their first child.

Rick Adelman still will start point guards Luke Ridnour and Ricky Rubio together in the backcourt, but said he'll look to get Luke subbed out a little earlier than normal to give his two point guards some rest.

Barea and Malcolm Lee are on the team's inactive list tonight.

Lee said he feels ready to play after a 3-game rehab stint with Sioux Falls in the D League last weekend, but Adelman said Lee's conditioning isn't good enough yet for an NBA game.
 

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