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Ridnour, Milicic Miss Practice For T-Wolves

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Darko Milicic #31 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a free throw shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on Dec. 15, 2010 in Phoenix, Ariz. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Darko Milicic #31 of the Minnesota Timberwolves shoots a free throw shot against the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game at US Airways Center on Dec. 15, 2010 in Phoenix, Ariz. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves held point guard Luke Ridnour and center Darko Milicic out of practice on Friday because of mild injuries.

Milicic has a sprained left ankle and Ridnour strained a hamstring. Both are considered day-to-day. Forward Kevin Love practiced but did not participate in a team scrimmage for precautionary reasons.

Veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair returned to full practice on Friday after spending much of last week in a walking boot because of a painful case of plantar fasciitis that has been bothering him for most of the season. Telfair said the condition flared up last week, causing him to sit out most of practice.

Now he’s back and available to play, but coach Kurt Rambis said he will likely continue to stick with struggling second-year man Jonny Flynn as the main backup to Ridnour. Flynn has been slow to work his way back after missing most of the first two months following hip surgery.

It’s been difficult for Telfair, who has not appeared in a game since Jan. 1. He played well during a stint as the starter in November, helping the Timberwolves to a 3-5 record in that stint.

“I definitely want to get back on the court,” Telfair said. “I know I can help us win some games. I know a lot of times in games I feel the team could use me.”

The Wolves have lost three in a row and have four days between games, a nice little mini-break that Rambis says is needed to help refocus the struggling team.

Rambis says he’s noticed his players getting away from some of the team’s core principles on offense and defense and hopes that the extra practice time will help sharpen things before they play Houston on Monday.

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