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.

What more this season? No A.K. for tonight's game at Lakers

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves players, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: February 28, 2013 - 3:58 PM

The Wolves will play on tonight in Los Angeles against the Lakers without Andrei Kirilenko.

He's out with that strained calf sustained in Tuesday's 84-83 overtime loss at Phoenix.

This injury follows those back spasms in November and a strained quad just before the All-Star break. Add 'em all together and Kirilenko says if this were Russia, he'd probably go to church and light a candle for himself.

What the heck, it couldn't hurt for this Wolves team, could it?

His absence proves particularly troublesome tonight because it leaves Rick Adelman without one more option to defend Kobe Bryant, who is both scoring (35.7 ppg) and distributing (6.7 assists).

Now he'll have to depend on Mickael Gelabale or ask Alexey Shved or Luke Ridnour to defend him.

A couple other things following this morning's shootaround at the Clippers practice facility:

* Brandon Roy says he plans to sit behind the bench for Saturday's game at Portland, his first return to the arena where he played his first five NBA seasons.

"I don't know how I feel because I'm not playing," he said. "It'll be different."

* Derrick Williams might not be a changed man coming back home to L.A. this time, but he is different.

He is averaging 18.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in his last five games and has earned enough trust from Rick Adelman that Adelman designed Tuesday's final play with him in mind (it was drawn up with options for both Williams and Shved, who got to the basket but missed the game-winning shot.)

"Just more confidence," Williams said.

* Tonight's game is the last of three TNT appearances for the Wolves. Marv Albert, Mike Fratello and Craig Sager will work the telecast.


Atlanta - WP: E. Stults 4 FINAL
Detroit - LP: J. Chamberlain 2
Washington - LP: X. Cedeno 2 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: M. Wacha 6
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 18
Baltimore 6 FINAL
Tampa Bay 6
Miami - LP: D. Haren 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: R. Montero 7
San Diego 6 FINAL
Cincinnati 3
San Francisco 5 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 8
Colorado 2 FINAL
Oakland 11
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Seattle - WP: T. Walker 5
Cleveland 4 FINAL
Chicago WSox 1
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Texas 7
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Arizona 2
Toronto 7 FINAL
Houston 4
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Charlotte 104
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
Philadelphia 111
Houston 96 FINAL
Toronto 99
Milwaukee 88 FINAL
Atlanta 101
Sacramento 83 FINAL
Memphis 97
Utah 104 FINAL
Minnesota 84
Phoenix 86 FINAL
Portland 109
Tampa Bay 5 FINAL
Montreal 3
Vancouver 4 FINAL
St. Louis 1
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Dallas 3
Los Angeles 1 FINAL
Chicago 4
Edmonton 4 FINAL
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Arizona 1
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Dayton 70 FINAL
(1) Connecticut 91
(6) Tennessee 48 FINAL
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