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.

Wolves at Warriors tonight: Get 'em to the arena on time

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: January 24, 2014 - 9:38 PM

The Wolves' second bus carrying coach Rick Adelman and players Dante Cunningham and Corey Brewer, among others, didn't pull into Oracle Arena tonight unless than an hour before game time.

It was hung up in Bay Area rush hour traffic and delayed even further by an accident one freeway exit away from the Oakland arena.

Most of the team's players arrived on the first bus -- or earlier -- and were in the locker room more than an hour before that. The big topic of conversation in there tonight was following New York's Carmelo Anthony's scoring night back east as Melo went from 20 first-quarter points and just kept going to a 62-point night in just 38 minutes.

Asked if arriving so late would affect a player, Adelman said, "I hope not."

Kevin Martin and Alexey Shved will play, btw.

Martin will wear a wrap on that lacerated pinkie finger on his right shooting hand while Shved will wear a clear protective mask on his broken nose.

Shved said he will wear the mask for three weeks and seemed happy to do so "because I can play the games" with it.

David Lee and Andrew Bogut will start for the Warriors after both were listed as questionable for tonight.

Somebody asked Warriors coach Mark Jackson if he makes a different decision on those two guys in January than he does in, say, March and he said, "No, I haven't got my Pop on yet."


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