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 in, Beasley out tonight vs. Lakers

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: March 16, 2012 - 9:47 PM

Yes, Kevin Love will play against the Lakers.

After missing the last two games against them, a sprained thumb isn't keeping him out tonight at Staples Center.

Michael Beasley, however, won't play in this third game on a seven-game, 13-day trip.

He'll miss his second consecutive game because of a toe injury.

He said before the game that he expects to play Sunday at Sacramento.

Love injured his thumb at the end of the third quarter in Thursday's 111-105 overtime loss.

He came to the bench clutching it in pain, had it taped up and returned to play half the fourth quarter and all of overtime.

X-rays taken at the arena after the game were normal and the team called it a sprained thumb.

The Wolves have lost 18 straight to the Lakers after last Friday's loss at Target Center that also cost them Ricky Rubio for the season.



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