TIMBERWOLVES AT GRIZZLIES, 6 P.M. ET

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  • Minnesota coach Rick Adelman’s presence could be a game time decision. During media availability before tonight’s game, Adelman was still on a flight to Memphis. Filling in for Adelman was assistant coach Terry Porter.
  • The Grizzlies have activated guard/forward Quincy Pondexter, who has been out with a grade-2 left MCL sprain. Pondexter, told coach Lionel Hollins he wanted to dress, but Hollins said it is unlikely that Pondexter will play unless the game is a blowout in either direction. Prior to his injury, Pondexter had become one of the team’s most valuable members off the bench, averaging 6.7 points. He had become a reliable 3-point shooter as well as a good defender.
  • Coming off an impressive win against Golden State Friday night, one thing Hollins was pleased to see was his veteran players get out of the post-trade funk they had been in. One player in particular was center Marc Gasol, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds against the Warriors. “Guys that have been here had to raise their level of play and get out of the malaise that they were in and start fighting and playing and producing the way they’re capable of and believing they’re a good team,” Hollins said. “(Gasol) did some nice things in the post and I talked to him yesterday about being more consistent in that area. I thought the whole team played  hard. The effort was really good throughout the game.”
  • Timberwolves’ guard Jose Berea was on the floor before the game testing out his sprained foot. He is listed as probable for tonight’s game.

Marlon W. Morgan

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