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Wolves-Raptors tonight on TNT is one big reunion

PRE-GAME UPDATE, 5:15 p.m. Central time:

Updating the final item below...Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll will play tonight, Toronto coach Dwane Casey said before the game.

That's primarily because Casey will need him to defend the Wolves' wings, namely Andrew Wiggins.

Carroll has not been playing back-to-back games as a precaution while he recovers from a knee injury last season. The Raptors play tomorrow night at Boston.

BTW, I forgetfully left Casey out of the below main item about all the connections in tonight's game.

He, of course, coached the Wolves a decade ago.

The Wolves play their second TNT Thursday game in three weeks tonight in Toronto in a game that has all kinds of connections.

First, it's Andrew Wiggins' annual return home to Toronto, where he was met by another large media contingent at this morning's shootaround.

In games here his first two seasons, Wiggins has averaged 20.5 points on 53.6 percent shooting with 2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.

That's not the only reunion of sorts tonight.

Others:

* Wolves assistant coach Andy Greer is back in Toronto, where he was an assistant coach last season while Tom Thibodeau was taking a year's sabbatical from coaching. Thibodeau's assistant in Chicago, Greer rejoined his former boss last summer after Thibodeau returned to coaching with the Wolves.

* Former Wolves coach Sam Mitchell will attend the game as a pre- and post-game analyst on Canadian network TSN's game coverage. Mitchell has returned to doing TV and radio work after he was the Wolves' interim coach a year ago.

* Original Wolves broadcast voice Kevin Harlan will call the game with Reggie Miller and Grant Hill for TNT's coverage tonight.

If you didn't see it, here's a story I did for this morning's paper and the web site revisiting with Harlan his nine years with the franchise from its inaugural 1989-90 season until he left in 1998 for network gigs.

* Wolves assistant Ed Pinckney was one of the original Raptors from their inaugural 1995-96 season and veteran guard John Lucas III and assistant coach Rick Brunson also once played in Toronto as well.

One other thing: Still waiting to hear on whether Raptors forward DeMarre Carroll plays tonight.

He has not been playing in back-to-back games while he recovers from last season's knee injury and it's likely the Raptors will hold him out for tomorrow's game against Boston.

 

Parker won't play against Wolves; Spurs try to maintain road perfection

San Antonio star Tony Parker won't play tonight against the Wolves at Target Center because of a knee contusion.

The Spurs updated his condition in an injury update issued after the Wolves held a morning shootaround at Target Center while the Spurs slept in and rested after they played Monday night at Milwaukee.

The Spurs beat the Bucks 97-96 and come to Target Center tonight a perfect 12-0 and 5-4 at home.

They score 16 points more a game on the road than at home. They're also No. 1 in the league in offense on the road and 23rd at home.

Those are facts that has Spurs coach Gregg Popovich baffled.

"I don't know," Popovich told reporters after beating Milwaukee. "I have no clue. You ask me? You act like I'm the coach and I'm supposed to know. Ask me about the .500 at home. Start with the bad. (It's the) same answer. I have no clue. I really don't."

Parker won't play tonight because of a left knee contusion after he missed two games before Monday's game because of a thigh contusion.

"I think defense travels well on the road," Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said about San Antonio's road success, even though the Spurs have the league's No. 1 offense and No. 10 defense on the road.

Thibodeau deems the Spurs to be everything (48-minute team, connected on both ends of the court) he wants his team to be.

Busy getting ready for tonight's game, Thibodeau said after this morning's shoot that he hasn't yet seen Golden State guard Klay Thompson 60-point scoring performance Monday night against Indiana.

And Thompson did it in just 29 minutes, without playing the entire fourth quarter in a blowout 142-106 victory.

"I haven't seen it yet, but I want to," Thibodeau said. "It doesn't surprise me. The guy is incredible. It doesn't take him much room to get a shot off and he can shoot it from anywhere. But to do it in three quarters, I want to see it."

While the Spurs rallied from a 15-point, third-quarter deficit in Milwaukee, the Warriors clobbered Indiana 142-106 on Monday night with Thompson putting on 21-for-33 shooting display.

Wolves veteran guard Brandon Rush had a front-row seat when Thompson scored 37 points in a quarter when he did so in January 2015 and Rush was a Warriors' teammate.

But this?

Rush called it even more impressive than 37 in a quarter.

"I think so," he said. "Sixty points. That's 20 points a quarter, in 29 minutes. That's unbelievable."

Rush has missed three more games because of a sprained big toe. He practiced yesterday and he talked as if he might play tonight if warmups go well and Thibodeau decides to play him.

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan State

    5:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Boston U.

    6 pm

  • Edmonton at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Detroit at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 830-AM

  • Georgia Southern at Gophers men's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Gophers women's hockey at Boston U.

    2 pm

  • Gophers men's hockey at Michigan State

    7 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Vikings at Jacksonville

    12 pm on Ch. 9, 100.3/1130

  • Gophers women's basketball at South Carolina

    2 pm on SECN, 88.5-FM

  • Northern Illinois at Gophers men's basketball

    4 pm on 1500-AM

  • St. Louis at Wild

    5 pm on FSN PLUS, 100.3-FM

  • Golden State at Timberwolves

    6 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Florida at Wild

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Chicago

    7 pm on ESPN, 830-AM

  • Belmont at Gophers women's basketball

    12 pm on 88.5-FM

  • LIU Brooklyn at Gophers men's basketball

    7 pm on 1500-AM

  • Wild at Nashville

    7 pm on FSN, 100.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

No MLB games today

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    13

    21

  • Denver

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    92

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    110

    124

  • Portland

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    86

    88

  • Philadelphia

    New Orleans

     

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    99

    88

  • Golden State

    Utah

     

    - F

    106

    99

  • San Antonio

    Chicago

     

    - F

    91

    95

  • Colorado

    Boston

     

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    4

    2

  • St. Louis

    NY Islanders

     

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    2

    3

  • Edmonton

    Philadelphia

     

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    5

    6

  • Pittsburgh

    Florida

     

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    5

    1

  • New Jersey

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    2

    5

  • Vancouver

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    5

    1

  • NY Rangers

    Winnipeg

     

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    2

    1

  • Nashville

    Dallas

     

    - F

    2

    5

  • Calgary

    Arizona

     

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    2

    1

  • Carolina

    Los Angeles

     

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    3

    1

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