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.

Ridnour out for at least a week, Beasley still hurting

Posted by: Jerry Zgoda under Wolves guards, Wolves injury report, Wolves players, Wolves practice news, Wolves pre-game, Wolves news Updated: November 9, 2010 - 2:27 PM

Wolves guard Luke Ridnour will sit out from practices and games for the next week and then will have his strained left hamstring re-evaluated.

And...Michael Beasley had ice packed on that left hip and he was grimacing in pain as he walked off the court after shootaround but expect him to play.

Ridnour was examined by a doctor in L.A. on Monday and his injury was determined to be a strain, not a torn hamstring.

That one-week timetable doesn't mean he'll be ready to play in a week. It just means he'll be examined again.

Ridnour's absence means Sebastian Telfair will start for the 1-6 Wolves against the 7-0 Lakers and likely will be asked to play 40-plus minutes for a team that now is missing both Ridnour and Jonny Flynn.

Kurt Rambis calls Mo Ager his backup point guard, but shooting guard Wayne Ellington also could see some minutes there, at least some of the few that Telfair doesn't play.

NBA writer Sam Amico tweeted this morning that the Wolves will work out former Baylor point guard Curtis Jerrells tomorrow, which would mean in Sacramento. He was in training camp with both San Antonio and New Orleans. Still trying to get a confirmation on that and if they will work out anybody else as well.

Telfair said the shoulder he injured in preseason "is a lot better" and he's ready for whatever Rambis asks of him.

"I'm healthy," he said. "I don't have anything to complain about that any other NBA don't have to complain about. It's a tough game, you get banged up, you have a couple sore spots but I'm healthy for the most part."

Asked if he's ready to play a lot, he said, "Yes. Yes, I am. Yes...I got to focus on us getting off to good starts. That's something we haven't been doing good. Hopefully my energy can come out right from the get-go of the game and get us going right away offensively and defensively."

Also from this morning's shootaround at Staples Center:

Jonny Flynn said Ridnour's absence won't speed up his return from July hip surgery. He could be cleared to play as early as next week -- perhaps even that Sunday-Monday trip to Atlanta or Charlotte -- or it still could be another two weeks or more.

"I would want to come back and help my team knowing Luke won't be able to play, but I have to do the smartest thing and what's best for me and my body," he said. "We'll still take our time."

 

 

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