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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.
– Rick Braun