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.

KG, Pek both out tonight vs. OKC

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: March 13, 2015 - 6:45 PM

Scratch that "for sure" bit about Kevin Garnett playing tonight in Oklahoma City.

He's out, as is starting center Nikola Pekovic.

The Wolves are citing Garnett's sore knee. Pekovic said before the game the pain in his ankle is still "bad" after he played just eight minutes Wednesday in Phoenix.

Adrien Payne will start at power forward and Gorgui Dieng at center in their places.


 

Pek questionable, Garnett a go tonight at OKC

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves news 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.

KG out, Payne will start again for Wolves tonight

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: March 11, 2015 - 8:36 PM

Adreian Payne will start again at power forward tonight for the Wolves in a game at Phoenix while Kevin Garnett sits down for a second consecutive game.

Flip Saunders says Garnett won't miss a practice, but the two men have agreed to limit his game action, probably for several reasons.

For starters, Saunders said Garnett banged his knee before the All-Star break and still is having issues with it.

For another reason, he told Saunders when last month's trade was made that he'll sit out games but doesn't want to miss practices because he feels he can have more influence on the team's young players there.

Saunders said he also wants to see how Payne responds to Monday's 16-point, 15-rebound game and see if he can follow it with another energetic performance.

And then there's the reason Saunders won't talk about: Making sure the Wolves do nothing to leapfrog over teams in the standings, which would lessen their draft lottery chances.

Saunders said the Wolves probably won't practice tomorrow and said he expects Garnett will be well rested and ready to play Friday at Oklahoma City.

A couple other things as the Wolves play the second game in this four-game trip:

* Saunders said he'll try to limit Ricky Rubio's limits because he appears to be favoring his leg and he hopes to play Zach LaVine more at shooting guard here in the season's closing weeks as well. That would seem to mean you'll see more of Lorenzo Brown to accomodate those two aims.

* Robbie Hummel began dribbling with healing right shooting hand yesterday but still isn't near playing again. Saunders said he expects both Hummel and Anthony Bennett (sprained ankle) will play again before the season ends five weeks hence.

Garnett will not play tonight vs. Clippers

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news 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.

Wolves claim big man Justin Hamilton, waive GR3

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves injury report, Wolves practice news, Wolves trade talk Updated: March 5, 2015 - 4:53 PM

The Wolves today claimed 7-foot center Justin Hamilton off waivers and released rookie Glenn Robinson III to make room for him.

Hamilton, 24, was waived by New Orleans on Tuesday so the Pelicans could clear roster space and sign Elliot Williams.

Hamilton was a second-round pick by Philadelphia in 2012 who played college ball at Iowa State and LSU and played eight games with Charlotte and Miami last season and 24 games with the Heat this season before he was traded to New Orleans at the trade deadline.

He averaged 2.8 points and 2 rebounds in 24 games this season.

The trade gives the Wolves another big man behind Gorgui Dieng if center Nikola Pekovic's troublesome ankle limits or sidelines him for the season's remaining weeks.

The Wolves drafted Robinson in last summer's second-round, saying they landed a first-round talent in the second round.

The team planned on having him play a good part of this season in the D League, but that never materialized because of the injuries that hit the Wolves this season and they needed him around to have a reasonable roster with which to practice.

He played 25 games, averaging 1.2 points and 4.3 minutes.

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