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.

Martin ready for Warriors, Shved waiting for mask

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves practice news, Wolves news Updated: January 24, 2014 - 1:32 AM

Kevin Martin practiced fully with the Wolves Thusday at Oracle Arena and afterward said he's fine and ready to play the Warriors there on Friday night.

He lacerated the pinkie finger on his shooting hand above the knuckle Tuesday at Utah and after that game said he wasn't sure how much pain he'd have or if he could play in three days.

He said Thursday after the Wolves took Wednesday off that the finger won't affect his shooting Friday night.

"There's pain, but I'm not allowed to take days off right now," he said. "I'm good to go tomorrow."

Meanwhile, Alexey Shved didn't practice Thursday and Rick Adelman wasn't sure if he'd play Friday.

Adelman said Shved felt fine after breaking his nose in that same Utah game, but the team is waiting for a protective mask for that nose and there was no sense risking that it might get whacked again in practice.

Friday's game starts a back-to-back set that ends Saturday in Portland. The Wolves play three games in the next four nights when you factor in Monday's game at Chicago that ends this four-game road trip.

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