• With the Timberwolves set to play Houston in the franchise’s first playoff game in 14 years, it’s worth noting that the Rockets will be without former Wolves forward Luc Mbah a Moute, a key member of their team. Mbah a Moute dislocated his right shoulder Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was averaging 7.5 points in 25.6 minutes per game.


• Point guard Jeff Teague on why the Wolves can compete in this series: “This is a talented group. We have a lot of talent on this team. In the playoffs, you need guys who can make shots and be able to take over games at times. I think we have a lot of people that have moments.”


• There’s a chance that the Wolves could have a father-son combination on their history books if they get a chance to draft Gary Trent Jr. of Apple Valley. Gary Trent Sr. played with the Wolves from 2001 to ’04. has Trent Jr. as a lottery pick while ESPN has him as a second-round pick. Trent Jr. will be one of three college basketball players from Minnesota who will get interest from the pros next year, the others being Xavier’s J.P. Macura (Lakeville North) and Stanford’s Reid Travis (DeLaSalle).


• Twins manager Paul Molitor is not only having to deal with his day-to-day business of leading the team but also trying to deal with having so many off days and getting players playing time. “It’s tough with all of these off days. I’m trying to keep everybody involved the best that I can,” he said. “With all the lefthanded hitters we have we have to find some breaks for those guys and mix it up once in a while. You want to make sure the guys that are role players get a chance to feel like they’re part of the club.”


• Twins President Dave St. Peter said the league office is aware the Twins want fewer home games in April. “The reality of it is that that has been suggested, I assure you, at the highest levels,” St. Peter said. “It will be suggested again. Hopefully we can work to figure that out.”