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.

Love now not expected to play vs. Lakers, Lee sent back to D League

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: February 29, 2012 - 7:53 PM

Kevin Love was expected to play against the Lakers tonight in Los Angeles despite that bruised rib injury he sustained last night. However, flu-like symptons will now keep him out.

The Wolves didn't shoot around in Los Angeles today after last night's comeback victory over the Clippers.

Rick Adelman said he didn't need to call upon Love Tuesday night when Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley stepped forth and won the game by combining for 26 of their total 54 points in the fourth quarter alone.

You can see video of Williams talking about his big career night back home in L.A. where he was raised and attended high school by clicking right here.

Other bits of news:

* Looks like Kobe Bryant will play for the Lakers. He needs to pass one more neurological test before tonight's game, but he's been symptom-free after suffering that broken nose in Sunday's All-Star Game.

* The Wolves, as expected, sent rookie Malcolm Lee back to Sioux Falls in the D League for another batch of games as he rehabs from December knee surgery.

Adelman says he still believes Lee has a big future in the league, but he doubts he'll be ready to contribute much this season.

For all of you holding out hope that he's the answer at 2 guard, just remember: He's a second-round pick rookie. He's been hurt all year and he is a half season behind everybody. And do you really think he's going to leapfrog like that guys like Luke Ridnour and Martell Webster, who have been in the league for years?

He's got a big hill to climb at this point.

Lee headed back to Sioux Falls today, and thus probably avoided a parade of L.A. media to his locker before tonight's game looking to ask him about the Sports Illustrated story that just broke about fighting, partying and drug use in the UCLA program where he played until leaving early for the NBA.

Sioux Falls plays three games in four nights starting Thursday so I'd expect he stays there through then, and possibly a good bit longer than that, too.

 

 

 

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