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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Mo's back, Wolves looking for some momentum at Lakers

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: November 28, 2014 - 9:36 PM

Wolves veteran Mo Williams still has that case of pink eye and still looks like he's recovering from strep throat, but he calls himself well enough to play and start tonight against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

How long and how well he'll play, well, it doesn't sound like he's making any guarantees.

He was too sick to get out of bed Monday and Tuesday, felt well enough to eat something Wednesday and considered himself blessed to be well enough to eat Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

His presence gives Flip Saunders another point-guard option beyond rookie Zach LaVine, and presumbaly will keep Saunders from asking Corey Brewer to handle the ball.

Brewer did so in an emergency basis in Wednesday's home loss to Milwaukee and had a 7-turnover night.

The Lakers are 3-12 but have Kobe Bryant, who's not only back after essentially two seasons lost to injury but he's back leading the NBA in scoring a 26.4 point average. Rookie Andrew Wiggins will be asked to defend him almost on an island, like he has done against Carmelo Anthony and James Harden already this season.

It's No-go for Mo Williams

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: November 26, 2014 - 6:32 PM

Greetings again from Target Center where the question of the night is: Who will play backup point guard for the Wolves tonight?

Ricky Rubio is already out. Wednesday veteran guard Mo Williams was unable to go because of a combination of strep throat and pink eye. That means rookie Zach LaVine will have to play lots and lots of minutes.

But, after him, who?

“Well, we have Zach,” Coach Flip Saunders said. “And then it’s going to be by committee. Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger. You might see point center Robbie Hummel. We’ll have to adjust a little bit with what we do.”

This could be quite a problem for the Wolves, who have to deal with Milwaukee guard Brandon Knight, who is off to a very good start this season.

The Wolves injury/illness situation has become somewhat absurd, with centers Nikola Pekovic and Ronny Turiaf and guards Rubio and Williams out.

Here are some other pre-game items:

--The Wolves will honor Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen at center court tonight for her being a part of the Team USA squad that won the world championship this fall. Whalen has now won two FIBA golds (2010 and 2014) and gold at the 2012 Olympics.

--The Wolves players wore pink shoelaces tonight to honor the memory of Thad Young’s mother, who died of breast cancer.

It's No-go for Mo Williams

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: November 26, 2014 - 6:32 PM

Greetings again from Target Center where the question of the night is: Who will play backup point guard for the Wolves tonight?

Ricky Rubio is already out. Wednesday veteran guard Mo Williams was unable to go because of a combination of strep throat and pink eye. That means rookie Zach LaVine will have to play lots and lots of minutes.

But, after him, who?

“Well, we have Zach,” Coach Flip Saunders said. “And then it’s going to be by committee. Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger. You might see point center Robbie Hummel. We’ll have to adjust a little bit with what we do.”

This could be quite a problem for the Wolves, who have to deal with Milwaukee guard Brandon Knight, who is off to a very good start this season.

The Wolves injury/illness situation has become somewhat absurd, with centers Nikola Pekovic and Ronny Turiaf and guards Rubio and Williams out.

Here are some other pre-game items:

--The Wolves will honor Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen at center court tonight for her being a part of the Team USA squad that won the world championship this fall. Whalen has now won two FIBA golds (2010 and 2014) and gold at the 2012 Olympics.

--The Wolves players wore pink shoelaces tonight to honor the memory of Thad Young’s mother, who died of breast cancer.

Yet another starting five for the Wolves

Posted by: Kent Youngblood Updated: November 22, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Greetings from Target Center, where the Wolves and Kings are getting close to tip-off.

Again, it won’t be an easy task for the undermanned Wolves, who will start their eighth different starting lineup in 12 games.

Tonight’s five: Andrew Wiggins, Mo Williams, Corey Brewer, Gorgui Dieng and Anthony Bennett, who is coming off a career-high 20 points Friday.  

Dieng figures to be the main man trying to slow down Kings star DeMarcus Cousins. Before the game Wolves coach Flip Saunders was asked the key to the matchup for Dieng.

“Survival,” Saunders said.

But here is what Saunders thinks is the biggest challenge tonight: “The toughest thing for us is that [the Kings] lead the league in free throw attempts, and they shoot them well,” he said. “We can’t afford to foul, for one.But the problem is when you try to play without fouling the other team has the aggression and they’ll probably get some easy buckets. We do need reinforcements.”

They won’t come tonight. Thaddeus Young is expected back at practice Monday – the Wolves will not practice Sunday – so that’s a plus. But Nikola Pekovic (wrist and ankle), Kevin Martin (wrist) and Ricky Rubio (ankle) are a good ways off.

In other news:

--Saunders said Wolves general manager Milt Newton represented the team at the funeral for Young’s mother, which was Friday.

--Saunders is looking to see whether Bennett – who had a career-high 20 points Friday – can string together a number of good games. “Can he bounce off that?” Saunders said. “The game before Shabazz [Muhammad] played better, and he didn’t get a bounce off of that.’’

That’s about it for now. I’ll get back to you after the game.

Martin out indefinitely with fractured wrist

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda Updated: November 21, 2014 - 12:56 PM

The hits just keep coming for the Timberwolves: An MRI taken today shows starting shooting guard Kevin Martin fractured his wrist in Wednesday's victory over New York.

He is listed as out indefinitely and will be re-evaliated in the coming days to determine whether he'll need surgery.

The team said he broke his right wrist midway through Wednesday's first quarter.

That's his shooting wrist, of course.

You might recall he went on to score a season-high 37 points that night.

Surgery likely is the fastest way to get him back on the court, perhaps in four to six weeks

Add him to the list of injured that also includes Nikola Pekovic, Ricky Rubio and Ronny Turiaf. Forward Thad Young is out for tonight's game against San Antonio at Target Center as well.

A little bit of history here:

Martin broke the other wrist -- his left, non-shooting one -- in November 2009 and did so the same night he scored 48 points and then went out and scored 29 the next.

He had surgery then and missed the next two-plus months.

Weird...

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