The Wolves finish a three-game trip that started winless in Texas and ends tonight in Los Angeles to play the Clippers, who are missing All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

Paul underwent surgery on a torn thumb tendon Wednesday after his thumb got caught in Russell Westbrook's jersey during Monday's home victory over Oklahoma City.

Griffin hasn't played since before Christmas after he underwent arthoscopic knee surgery and is nearing a return, but it won't be tonight.

Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau talked with his pal, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, after Paul was deemed out for the next six to eight weeks.

"He has been through it before and he has done a great job," Thibodeau said. "He has dealt with it a lot. It's unfortunate, but they've got plenty. I look at the injuries he has already dealt with and in some ways it has helped to develop their bench and other guys who have stepped into roles and they're playing really well."

One other item:

The NBA tonight announced All-Star Game starters as determined by fans and for the first time players and media as well and as you'd expect, Karl-Anthony Towns, Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins all receive votes from their fellow players.

But so did six other Wolves, including Tyus Jones, Nemanja Bjelica, Gorgui Dieng, now-waived John Lucas III and Adreian Payne.

Payne let out a high-pitched giggle when asked about getting an All Star starter's vote, vowed he didn't vote for himself and offered a pair of shoes to whoever did.

Ricky Rubio didn't get a vote from the players, but Cole Aldrich got three, although he admitted when pressed by teammate Brandon Rush that he voted for himself.

He said he just wanted to know who the "other two idiots" were who voted for him.

Towns finished tied for 10th in Western Conference frontcourt voting by players.

The starters?

Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chicago's Jimmy Butler, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan and Cleveland LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for the East.

Golden State's Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Houston's James Harden, New Orleans' Anthony Davis and San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard.

The game will be next month in New Orleans.

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