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.

Elbow fine, Love is ready to go

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Wolves players, Wolves pre-game Updated: October 16, 2012 - 12:15 PM

 Kevin Love was the last Wolves player to leave the court after shoot-around today, spending a long time taking extra shots.

His right elbow is still wrapped, but  he said it was "great" and he'll be good to go tonight in Minnesota's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa at Target Center.

Greetings. Kent Youngblood here. I'll be covering the game tonight with Jerry getting a much-deserved night off. 

it appears everybody -- with the possible exception of guard Malcolm Lee -- is available to play tonight. I would expect Andrei Kirilenko to play tonight for the second time this preseason.

We talked to assistant coach Bill Bayno about Haifa today, and much of that talk centered on 6-7 forward Donta Smith who scored 28 points in a close game with Golden State a few days ago. 

"He is a scorer," Bayno said of Smith. "He's really good at using his body and getting fouls. He'll go into the post a little bit. He's looking to shot fake and drive. He gets a ton of touches, and he has the green light. You want to make his shots as difficult as possible."

Given that it's preseason, the final score isn't as important as the Wolves developing some chemistry with a lineup that can offer teams a lot of looks. 

"It's a chance to go through our sets, be crisp," Love said. "Our defense has been there. More than anything, go out and free-flow and play with confidence. ... We're going to look at a lot of different lineups tonight. And we feel like, in these last four preseason games, there is a lot to be learned.''

By the way, fans attending tonight's game should be ready for some pretty funky Haifa uniforms. They are a striking neon green. Lower bowl fans might want to bring along sunglasses. "I think the Denver Nuggets have the brightest (uniforms),'' Love joked. "I think Oklahoma City has the orange alternates now. We'll see some funky uniforms this year, and tonight's will be one of them. But I like the green."

 

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