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.
The Warriors got big, bad news today, just hours before they play the Wolves tonight at Oracle Arena.
With a playoff series with the L.A. Clippers or Oklahoma City looming, the Warriors announced starting center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely after he fractured a rib in Sunday's overtime loss at Portland.
"We're a no-excuse team," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "It hurts, but we move forward."
Starting forward Andre Iguodala also isn't playing for Golden State, his knee is being rested for the playoffs that start this weekend.
Wolves center Ronny Turiaf is not expected to play tonight, either, after he played just four minutes Sunday in Sacramento because of that same right knee that caused him to miss 19 consecutive games in February and April.
Greetings. Wolves coach Rick Adelman just told us forward Dante Cunningham will dress and play tonight. Meanwhile, Meanwhile, the team sent out a statement from Cunningham that reads:
"The charges and accusations in my personal life have unintentionally placed my teammates and the organization in a challenging position. I cannot comment on the charges, as we require that the facts play out through the legal process. Thank you for your understanding."
As expected, the Wolves announced they had signed guard Othyus Jeffers for the remainder of the season. It was a move that became necessary after several Wolves players were injured; the team announced Monday that Chase Budinger (ankle) and Shabazz Muhammad (knee) were out for the rest of the season, and it appears it will be difficult for Nikola Pekovic (ankle) to get back on the court as well. Kevin Martin could miss his third game tonight with a sore foot.
The 6-5 Jeffers was with the Wolves in the preseason, appearing in two exhibition games. He spent most of the season playing for the Iowa Energy in the D-League, where he averaged 20.9 points and 9.9 rebounds in 37.7 minutes per game. He was signed to a 10-day contract by the Spurs on Jan. 24, appearing in four games.
Jeffers will wear number 0 and should be in uniform tonight against San Antonio at Target Center.
Wolves forward Dante Cunningham has joined the team in Orlando for tonight's game against the Magic.
Coach Rick Adelman said Cunningham will play and he not only played, he started when Kevin Love was a late scratch because of back spasms following last night's double-overtime victory at Miami.
According to the NBA's labor agreement with its players, Cunningham has a right to go back to work while the legal process plays out in his felony domestic assault charge submitted Friday in Hennepin County Court.
Cunningham declined comment through a team spokesman and almost certainly will not say anything about it while the process progresses.
The NBA doesn't discipline players for their legal matters until a player pleads guilty or is found guilty.
Other news tonight:
* Nikola Pekovic again won't play tonight and with the clock ticking on the season's end, it's getting more and more likely with each passing game that he doesn't play again this season. If he's still going to have to play through pain, what's the point?
* Chase Budinger will start in Kevin Martin's place at shooting guard.
Martin will miss his second consecutive game because of what he calls a shooting pain in his heel that started bothering him after Wednesday's Memphis game.
Budinger is the better fit against Magic guard Arron Afflalo rather than J.J. Barea, who started last night in Miami.
* Shabazz Muhammad won't play tonight because of what he called a sprained knee injured Friday in Miami when Chris Andersen fell into his leg.
Muhammad said he's hopeful the injury heals in a matter of days, but there's not many days left.
Some injury news tonight in Miami:
* Kevin Martin is a late scratch because of a sore right foot and will not play tonight against the Heat.
J.J. Barea will start in the backcourt alongside Ricky.
* Nikola Pekovic won't play again, so Gorgui Dieng gets the start at center again.
* Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden won't play for the Heat, but Ray Allen will try to play after missing five games because of a stomach virus.
Also, Dante Cunningham was charged in Hennepin County court this afternoon with a felony count of domestic assault by strangulation.
The details aren't pretty. Here's our story on the Star Tribune web site.
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