Posts Tagged ‘Rick Adelman’

TIMBERWOLVES AT BUCKS, 8:30 P.M. ET

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  • One night after getting center Larry Sanders and forward Ersan Ilyasova back from injuries, the Bucks will be without forward John Henson, who has a lower left leg injury dating back to Dec. 20 after he collided with Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao. Henson missed the next night against Philadelphia with what was called a bruised knee. Now the pain is further down the leg. “I’m not quite sure,” Bucks coach Larry Drew said. “They were explaining it to me, but it has something to do with the ankle. … But he was noticeably limping yesterday.. I guess he went and had an MRI today and they found something, so he will not play tonight.” Drew said Henson’s status was “day-to-day.” “I kind of twisted it,” Henson said of the collision last week. “My leg got caught under me. Pretty much my lower leg got twisted up. … I don’t think it’s too bad because I can walk on it and stuff. It’s just one of those things that I have to get better.” Saturday, by the way, is Henson’s 23rd birthday.
  • Ilyasova hasn’t been himself since spraining his ankle in the first pre-season game. He’s been in and out of the lineup, but Drew believes he’s finally back to near 100 percent. “He’s coming along,” Drew said. “He just has to get his timing back. … He’s moving a lot better. I noticed at practice the day after Christmas in just moving around he was a lot bouncier than he’s been in quite some time. I talked to him afterward and he said this is the best the ankle has been in quite a while.”
  • After starting the season with a three-game winning streak, the Timberwolves have not won more than two in a row since. Coach Rick Adelman is waiting for his team to get on a roll. “We have to start playing consistently night after night, that’s what it’s all about,” Adelman said. “We are just up and down and we have to come out and play a decent game tonight.” Minnesota manhandled Washington, 120-98, Friday night but has won both games in a back-to-back just once in the previous seven attempts.
  • After tonight, the Timberwolves will be home for a week and three straight home games against Dallas, New Orleans and Oklahoma City. The Bucks, conversely, go out West for their next three games at the L.A. Lakers, Utah and Phoenix. … Timberwolves forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will play his first road game at the Bradley Center after playing his first five seasons with the Bucks. He was traded by the Bucks to Sacramento in the summer, and the Timberwolves acquired him from the Kings on Nov. 26.

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TIMBERWOLVES AT CAVALIERS, 7 P.M. ET

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  • The Timberwolves will only have 10 players in uniform, including point guard J.J. Barea (left mid-foot sprain), who dressed but was unable to play Sunday in a 105-88 loss at Memphis. “He may try to play tonight, but I don’t know if he’s going to be serviceable,” Minnesota coach Rick Adelman said. “We’ve got to be careful, too, because with a foot injury, you don’t want to make it worse.” Adelman added that Barea will decide whether he is healthy enough to play a handful of minutes, based on how his foot feels after warming up with his teammates.
  • Timberwolves small forwards Andrei Kirilenko (right quadriceps strain) and Chase Budinger (left knee surgery), power forward Kevin Love (right hand surgery), shooting guard Brandon Roy (right knee surgery), and point guard Malcolm Lee (season-ending right knee and right hip surgery) are all out. Kirilenko has been sidelined since being hurt on Feb. 4 against Portland, but Adelman said he should return after the NBA All-Star break. “It’s not just the people we’re losing, it’s the quality of that players we’re losing,” the coach said.
  • Minnesota’s starting lineup is point guard Ricky Rubio, shooting guard Luke Ridnour, small forward Mickael Gelabale, power forward Derrick Williams, and center Nikola Pekovic. The Timberwolves, who are making their first appearance at Quicken Loans Arena since Dec. 26, 2010, are 2-15 since Jan. 9.
  • The Cavaliers are starting All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. Cleveland is playing its third home game in four nights, previously beating Orlando (Friday) and losing to Denver (Saturday).
  • Irving and Cavaliers coach Byron Scott will face off in a 3-point contest at practice Tuesday. Irving, who is shooting .429 beyond the arc, will compete in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at NBA All-Star Weekend. “He’s been talking a lot of trash, but I think I’ve got a good shot at beating him,” Scott said.

– Brian Dulik