2:30 P.M.at Phoenix • Talking Stick Resort Arena • FSN, WCCO-830 AM
Preview: Kevin Garnett is now the NBA’s all-time leader in defensive rebounding after his four Friday in Denver surpassed Karl Malone and gives him 11.409 in his career. The NBA began keeping record of defensive rebounds in 1973. It’s been a season of milestones for him: He scored his 26,000th point last week and last month became the fifth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 minutes played. …The Wolves practiced lightly in Phoenix on Saturday after that 111-108 loss to the Nuggets in which they led by 18 points early in the third quarter. That’s their biggest blown lead in a season when they’ve lost a double-digit lead and the game six times now. … The Suns are 10-14 after Portland ended their two-game winning streak with a 106-96 home loss Friday.
Players to watch: Golden State’s Steph Curry-Klay Thompson duo is considered the NBA’s best, but the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe-Brandon Knight combo should get honorable mention consideration. With Bledsoe averaging 22.3 points and 6.3 assists and Knight 20.5 and 5.4, they are two of just nine players averaging at least 20 points and five assists and the only teammates doing so. …Orono’s own Jon Leuer is starting at power forward for the Suns and has scored in double digits six consecutive games.
Injuries: Suns C Tyson Chandler (hamstring) has missed the past eight games but likely will return Sunday. Wolves C Nikola Pekovic remains out indefinitely(Achilles tendon surgery).