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.

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Flip misses shootaround, expected in Houston for tonight's game

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: March 27, 2015 - 12:00 PM

Wolves coach Flip Saunders took a detour on his way to Houston for tonight's game against the Rockets: He stopped in Cleveland Thursday instead to visit his ailing father and scout the NCAA regional that included Kentucky and top draft picks Karl-Anthony Towns and WIllie Cauley-Stein.

He was not at the team's morning shootaround at Toyota Center but is expected in town this afternoon in time for tonight's game.

Nikola Pekovic and Gary Neal did not make the trip to Houston. Ricky Rubio and Kevin Garnett are here but are not expected to play.

Neither is Kevin Martin, who said his strained hamstrings should be better and good to go by next week.

Anthony Bennett, Shabazz Muhammad and Robbie Hummel remain out as well.

The Rockets are banged up as well: Donatas Motiejunas (lower back) is questionable, Patrick Beverley (wrist sprain), Terrence Jones (collapsed lung) and Kostas Papanikolaou (ankle sprain) are listed as out, but center Dwight Howard is back for his second game after he missed 22 games because of swelling in his knee.

Depleted Wolves sign D-League guard to 10-day contract

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: March 19, 2015 - 4:40 PM

Down to just 7 1/2 healthy men last night, the Wolves today signed D League guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract before tonight's game at New York.

The Wolves received a hardship roster exception from the NBA to do so because they have so few healthy players.

Kilpatrick, 25, averaged 13.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 42 games with Delaware and Santa Cruz this season. He's 6-4 and played four seasons at Cincinnati, wasn't drafted last summer but played with Philadelphia's summer-league team and briefly was with Golden State in the preseason.

Ricky Rubio played last night's game at Toronto seemingly on one healthy leg. This gives the Wolves another backcourt option once Kilpatrick joins the team.

Pek questionable, Garnett a go tonight at OKC

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: March 13, 2015 - 11:32 AM

Flip Saunders said after Friday's morning shootaround in Oklahoma City that Kevin Garnett "for sure" will play tonight in Oklahoma City, but starting center Nikola Pekovic will be a game-time decision because of that ankle that limited him to eight minutes Wednesday in Phoenix.

That's the way it'll probably be here, a day to day situation depending on how much pain Pekovic is feeling in that ankle.

Without him for most of Wednesday's game, the Wolves relied upon newly acquired center Justin Hamilton to play 28 minutes off the bench.

Garnett hasn't played since Saturday's home victory over Portland.

Garnett will not play tonight vs. Clippers

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: March 9, 2015 - 8:57 PM

Kevin Garnett will not play tonight against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Flip Saunders said it's partly because of a sore knee with which Garnett has been dealing and partly for rest.

Garnett played 21 minutes in Saturday's home victory over Portland. Monday's absence now will give him Sunday and Monday off and presumably a practice day Tuesday before Wednesday's game at Phoenix.

Adreian Payne will start at the power-forward spot and newly acquired Justin Hamilton likely will see his first action as a Wolf.

Pekovic, Martin questionable for tonight

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: March 2, 2015 - 12:42 PM

It was a very frustrated Nikola Pekovic who – after watching but not participating in the Wolves’ morning shoot – talked about that sore right foot/ankle that could keep him out of tonight’s game.

Still sore, Pekovic said he would decide on his availability for the game after trying to warm up pre-game.

“We’ll see,” he said.

But, one way or another, this injury – something that has been bothering Pekovic for a long time -- is going to impact the rest of this season, at least. It could be that the stretch run this year will be much like last season’s, when the soreness caused Pekovic to miss 28 of the final 38 games. Even if he’s able to manage the pain and return, Pekovic said that some sort of minutes limit will have to be enforced by coach Flip Saunders.

“I’m going to have to go back on that [minutes limit],” he said. “I’m not really happy with that. But if that’s going to be help me get through the season, probably Flip’s going to do it.’’

That said, Pekovic sounded like a man fed up with the process. All it took was a simple question: How frustrated are you? “A lot, a lot, a lot, a lot,” he said. “It’s been a long, long, long, long time. A year.  I’ve almost been a year dealing with this. It’s going up and down. It was better during the summer. When you kind of rest it, it’s always better. But you start working….

“It’s kind of tough, mentally, to have to go through all this. You want to play, but it just doesn’t let you. Your foot doesn’t let you go. … It’s just tough dealing with this every day.’’

Pekovic has tried stretching. He has tried modifying his warm-up routing. He said today that he has taken shots for the inflammation. After the season he said he will seek more opinions from specialists on how to deal with this ongoing problem. “Right after the season is done, I’ll try to figure out what to do,” he said.

Here are some other notes from this morning:

--Shooting guard Kevin Martin missed the shootaround due to illness, and he is listed as questionable for tonight’s game with the Clippers.

--Those 1,000 tickets Kevin Garnett bought for fans were scooped up in about 3 minutes this morning. It was, Garnett said, the least he could do. “Just a way of showing my appreciation,” Garnett said. “I’m always looking to be innovative, try things from an original standpoint. I’m excited to be back here. And, though I can’t thank everybody, in appreciation I liked to show some type of gesture. And this is the way I chose to show it.’’

--But on the subject of his two technical and his ejection from Saturday’s loss to Memphis Garnett was less loquacious. “That’s over with,” he said. “I’m not speaking on that.”

That’s about all for now. I’ll get back to you before the game. 


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