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.

Pekovic out for tonight's game

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves pre-game Updated: March 5, 2012 - 6:24 PM

 Wolves center Nikola Pekovic will not play tonight because of a sore right foot.

I'm told the injury occurred in the Wolves' victory in Portland Saturday and that it is not related to the sprained ankle Pekovic sustained before the All Star break.

This is a tough blow for a Wolves team that will need all hands on deck to guard Clippers star Blake Griffin. According to coach Rick Adelman, Darko Milicic will move into the starting position.

 

Meanwhile, the Wolves, riding a crest of fan interest, have rolled out their season ticket prices for next season. The team is wrapping up its season ticket renewal program this week and Wolves president Chris Wright said the team will have about a 90-percent renewal of current season ticket holders, which means more than 7,000 will be back. Wright also said he expects to sell about 2,000 more season tickets for next year which should get the team's season-ticket base should exceed 9,000 next season, which would be a better number than the team had in the 2004-05 season, the season after the Wolves made it to the Western Conference finals.

There aren't any huge increases, but that might be semantics. The Wolves deeply discounted tickets in the past two seasons trying to keep a home field advantage for the team. Many of those discounts are going away.

But Wright said there will be at least 1,000 seats in the lower bowl that will be priced at $20 or less and there are 6,000 seats in the upper level that will be priced at $10 or less. It's just that there are fewer of those inexpensive tickets available. 

 

There are 17 different price points for tickets, three more than last year. The average cost of a seat for a game for season ticket holders will range from $1,310 for premium courtside seats to $5 for the cheapest seats at in the top row.

 

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

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