The good news is that backup point guard J.J. Barea's sprained left foot feels good enough for him to play today. The bad? Center Nikola Pekovic will miss his fourth straight game with ankle bursitis.
That means Wolves coach Rick Adelman is going with the same starting five he's gone with since Pek went down: Kevin Love, Kevin Martin, Corey Brewer, Ricky Rubio and rookie center Gorgui Dieng, who is coming off a 22-point, 21-rebound performance in Houston Thursday.
That's about all for pre-game. I'll get back to you after the game.
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.
Those who knew Timberwolves star Jimmy Butler long ago are having their allegiances tested now that the pride of Tomball, Tex., is playing the Houston Rockets tonight in Game 2 of their NBA playoff series.