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, Kirilenko out for Wolves, Ridnour will play vs. Bulls tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: October 13, 2012 - 11:15 PM

Kevin Love and Andrei Kirilenko won't play tonight against Chicago at Target Center.

Love is out with a sore right elbow.

Starting small forward Kirilenko will miss his second consecutive game tonight against Chicago at Target Center with what the team is calling "soreness" in his left hamstring..

He'll be replaced there by Dante Cunningham in a combination that will start Luke Ridnour at point guard, Brandon Roy at shooting guard, Chase Budinger at small forward and Nikola Pekovic at center.

Ridnour had a pack on his stiff back before the game, but said he intends to try the back out after he didn't play the first two preseason games.

Kirilenko said he was fine after Friday's 96-91 loss at Indiana, where Derrick Williams started in his place and scored 25 points in 38 minutes while the other four starters basically were pulled after the first quarter.

He said it was simply giving a 31-year-old guy who played last summer with the Russian national team the night off, but his absence again Saturday says it's more than that.

How much more, we'll see.

Rick Adelman said the other day that Ridnour would start if he was able to play Friday, so we'll see if that holds true tonight.

Ridnour said he'd give it a try, but promised to be sensible about it.

"I'm going to play it smart," he said.

Luol Deng and Rip Hamilton will not play for the Bulls.

And of course, Derrick Rose and Ricky Rubio are both out because each underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL last spring.

 

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