A quick Timberwolves Update on this Friday.

The Wolves are back home after a lackluster effort in Memphis Wednesday night.  It was the second game of Kevin Love’s two game suspension and the Wolves sorely missed their leader.  They struggled to score all night, particularly in the second quarter when 13 points was all they could manage.  Memphis jumped out to a 16 point lead in the third quarter before a group of Timberwolves reserves made a fourth quarter run to make it interesting.  Clearly frustrated with his team, Rick Adelman sat the starters the entire fourth quarter.

Coach Adelman’s Postgame Press Conference Wednesday

But Love is now back and he’s back after being named a Western Conference All-Star Reserve.  Love made the team last year as an injury replacement.  This year, he’s easily been one of the top power forwards in the league and can celebrate his All-Star selection February 26th in Orlando.  It’s also likely Love will participate in this year’s  Foot Locker Three-Point Contest which takes place during Saturday night’s festivities.  Love is shooting 38% on 3-pointers this year and ranks 22nd in the NBA in 3-Pointers made.

Kevin Love on Being Named to the All-Star Team

Kevin Love Talks About What He Learned Being at Last Year’s All-Star Game

kevin love all star 2011 Timberwolves Update

Kevin Love of the Western Conference All-Stars shoots against Dwight Howard of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 2011 NBA All-Star Game (credit: Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)

Friday night at Target Center, the Wolves will host the Dallas Mavericks back at full-strength.  Well, mostly…Darko Milicic is not expected to play.  That hasn’t been an issue the way Nikola Pekovic has played.  In Pek’s last five games, he’s averaged 16.8 points and 10.2 rebounds a night.

The defending NBA Champs have already lost twice this season to the Timberwolves.  Love has dominated so far in the two games against Dallas.  He’s recorded a combined 56 points and 28 rebounds against them this year and will be well-rested after his two-game suspension.

The Mavs were without Dirk Nowitzki last time the two teams played but he’s now back and scoring like an All-Star again (he was named to this year’s team even though he admitted “he doesn’t deserve a spot“).  Dirk has averaged 26.3 points a game since coming back from the DL.  Jason Kidd has also been out recently with a strained calf (missing the last six games).  He’s listed as “day-to-day” and could be available Friday.

Friday’s Minnesota-Dallas game can be heard on WCCO Radio starting with Mike Max and Timberwolves Tip-Off at 6:00 with gametime at 7:00.

This is a back-to-back for the Wolves as they’ll host the New York Knicks (and new point-guard sensation Jeremy Lin) on Saturday.  There’s no TV for that game so WCCO Radio is the only place to get Timberwolves Basketball Saturday night.  Listen for Timberwolves Tip-Off with Eric Nelson at 6:00 then it’s Wolves and Knicks at 7:00 on News Radio 830 WCCO.


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