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Updated: February 10th, 2014 6:35pm
Wolves' Rick Adelman to miss game vs Houston 'due to personal reasons'

Wolves' Rick Adelman to miss game vs Houston 'due to personal reasons'

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Adelman won't be on the Minnesota Timberwolves' bench when his team takes on the Houston Rockets on Monday.

Adelman is out for Monday's game due to personal reasons. Assistant coach Terry Porter, who will serve as acting head coach, said Adelman told the staff late in the afternoon he would not be at the game.

Porter said he expects Adelman to be back for the Wolves' final game before the All-Star break Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets.

Porter filled in as head coach in 11 games last season while Adelman took a leave of absence to be his wife, Mary Kay, who was dealing with the effects of a seizure disorder. The Wolves posted a 2-9 record in those games.

Love going to "give it a go"

Kevin Love is still nursing a number of bumps and bruises, but he plans to be back in the lineup Monday after sitting out Saturday with a sore left quad.

"The rest did me some good," Love said. "I can bend the knee a little bit more. It's still not a 100 percent, but I'm going to go out there and give it a go."

Love was injured in a collision with New Orleans' Greg Stiemsma on Friday, taking a hard knee to his left leg. He attempted to play one day later, but when he got into warm-ups an hour before the game he found he "just couldn't do much."

With Love's absence added to injuries to Kevin Martin (thumb) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle), the Wolves took on the Trailblazers minus three of their starters. Despite putting up a fight, the Wolves faltered in the fourth quarter and dropped to three games below .500 with a 117-110 loss.

Martin and Pekovic remain out. Love is projected to start Monday along with Ricky Rubio, Corey Brewer, Chase Budinger and Ronny Turiaf.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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