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 returns, Barea out tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: March 1, 2012 - 7:43 PM

Kevin Love declared himself at "full strength" and good to go tonight at Phoenix, the Wolves' third game in as many nights but against a Suns team that hasn't played since before the All-Star break.

But just when Love comes back after missing Wednesday's loss to the Lakers in Los Angeles because he had the stomach flu, J.J. Barea goes out for the Wolves.

Barea injured his calf in the second quarter last night and was limping noticeably when he walked out of Staples Center last night.

He said before tonight's game that it feels much better than yesterday and that he considers it a day-to-day thing and not something that will keep him out for an extended period like that hamstring did.

A couple of other things about tonight's game: 

Ricky Rubio finally gets a chance to play an NBA game against Steve Nash, a point guard whom he has admired for years and chatted with briefly last year.

* Rick Adelman said the Wolves looked like a tired team last night in Los Angeles and he's worried that they might look even more tired tonight in Phoenix against a rested Suns team.


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