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Friday’s game at Target Center is former Wolves star Al Jefferson’s second homecoming in two weeks.

Last week, he returned to Utah for an 83-80 loss to a Jazz franchise for which he played three seasons before signing a three-year, $41 million free-agent offer with Charlotte. This week, he makes his only Minnesota visit now that he’s back in the Eastern Conference after starting his career with Boston.

Jefferson landed in Charlotte last summer both because of that rich offer and the role Bobcats guard Kemba Walker played in recruiting Jefferson. The two share the same agent.

Parting words

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle on that step-back, fall-away shot with which Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki has won an NBA title and fashioned a Basketball Hall of Fame career: “It’s a very unique shot. It’s an original and Dirk’s an original.”


The Wolves’ Week Ahead

Monday: 6 p.m. at Philadelphia (FSN)

Wednesday: 8:30 p.m. vs. Phoenix (FSN, ESPN)

Friday: 7 p.m. vs. Charlotte (FSN)

Player to watch:

Goran Dragic, Phoenix

If you’re asking yourself how Phoenix has started 19-12, this guy is as good a place as any to start. He’ll be going solo in the Suns’ dual point-guard backcourt now that Eric Bledsoe is expected to miss games all this week because of a sprained right knee.

Voices

“Oh, that’s a foul!”

Wolves radio broadcaster Alan Horton, turning up the volume on himself after Monday’s final second when Dallas’ Shawn Marion never fouled Kevin Love, at least not until the following morning when the NBA finally said too late that he had done so.

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  • Kevin Love is trying to master Dirk Nowitzki’s one-step fallaway. “It’s something I’ll try to keep implementing. Being 25 years old, I still have a lot of time to work on it.”

  • At the Target Center in a game between Dallas and the Wolves, Shawn Marion(0) defends against Kevin Love(42) in the first half.]richard tsong-taatarii/rtsong-taatarii@startribune.com

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