Notebook: Wolves are banged up; Telfair believes he can help team win
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MINNEAPOLIS -- A four-day break from games will give the banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves some much-needed time to get healthy.
"It was unfortunate we didn't have a full team for practice today," coach Kurt Rambis said. "These are good days to get in some good practices."
Ridnour is listed as day-to-day but is likely to tread cautiously since he has been down this road once this season. Ridnour had a sore hamstring but played through it before leaving a Nov. 7 loss to the Houston Rockets in the second quarter and subsequently missing the next eight games.
Darko left Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter and is also listed as day-to-day.
Neither Ridnour nor Darko were available for comment and -- as usual -- Rambis was not very forthcoming with details about their injuries.
"Hamstrings are funny. I don't know," Rambis said when asked for a timetable on Ridnour.
But guys being banged up at this time of year in the NBA is nothing uncommon, especially for a group of players who are all playing increased roles for the first time in their careers.
"A few more aches and pains," Kevin Love said. "Obviously I have never played this many minutes in my life with this many games too. You just have to keep coming in, getting extra treatment, keep in the weight room and get in good stretches before and after practice."
Telfair is ready
Sebastian Telfiar has only gotten into two games since Jonny Flynn returned from hip surgery on Dec. 14 and is anxiously awaiting another chance to pay.
"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."
In 26 games this season, the six-year veteran is averaging 7.4 points, 3.3 assists in 20.8 minutes. There was also an eight game stretch back in Nov. that Telfair started and was, essentially, the only point guard on the roster.
The Wolves went 3-5 during Telfair's stint as a starter and have only won six games since then but Rambis has said repeatedly he has no intention to get Telfair back in the rotation ahead of the struggling Flynn.
"Those are things we will reassess as we move forward," was all Rambis had to say when asked about the possibility of Telfair getting more playing time.
It is obvious the Wolves have more invested in Flynn, who was last season's fifth overall pick in the draft, and are going to continue to playing him in hopes that he can put something on film to increase what little trade value he has left.
Telfair said it is frustrating sitting on the bench but is remaining positive.
"Still some games left," he said. "I know I'll have another opportunity to get out there and play."
That opportunity might come sooner rather than later. If Ridnour's hamstring injury persists, Telfair could find himself playing Monday when the Wolves take on the Houston Rockets.
Love not sweating All-Star vote
As the days before the All-Star team is announced on Feb 3 grow fewer, Kevin Love maintains that he is not losing any sleep over if he will be the Wolves' first All-Star since Kevin Garnett.
"I would love to be called, it would be a tremendous honor but we will see," Love said. "If my name is selected, it will be a tremendous honor. If not, I am 22 there is always next year."
The fan voting wraps up on Sunday but Love has no chance to catch the leader-in-the-clubhouse Kevin Durant so he will have rely on getting voted in as a reserve by the Western Conference coaches.
Nearly every visiting coach -- with the exception of the cranky Phil Jackson -- have had nothing but good things to say about Love so you have to imagine he has a punchers chance.
"He is having a terrific year," Rambis said. "His numbers are indicative of how hard he is playing and how hard he is working. He is certainly, along with a number of other ball players, deserving of making the All-Star team at the forward position."
"I feel like I have a pretty decent shot, just as much as any other forward in the West," Love said. "(Forward) is a pretty packed spot but we will see what happens. I am not going to be bitter if I don't make it, I know I have different things to work towards but if I do it will be a tremendous honor and me and my family are happy."