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Tuesday, April 8th (All times Eastern)
San Antonio Spurs (60-17) at Minnesota Timberwolves (38-38), 8 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves will make up their postponed game from Mexico City Wednesday night, although this time it will be at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
After a generator malfunction caused smoke to fill Mexico City Arena back in December, the game was called and the decision was made to award the Timberwolves a genuine home game.
The Spurs, who had their 19-game winning streak snapped on Thursday, came back with a home win Sunday night over the Memphis Grizzlies. San Antonio prevailed, 112-92, but the win came with a price.
San Antonio All-Star guard Tony Parker injured his back, played less than 10 minutes and will not accompany the club on their upcoming road trip, which includes a stop in Dallas on Thursday.
An MRI taken Monday revealed the 31-year-old, three-time NBA champion suffers from a sprained facet joint on the left side of his back.
Against the Grizzlies, Kawhi Leonard shot 12-of-13 from the field and matched a career-high with 26 points. Manu Ginobili also scored 26 points for the Spurs. Tim Duncan posted 13 points in the triumph.
San Antonio can clinch homecourt throughout the playoffs with a win and an Oklahoma City Thunder loss on Tuesday. OKC plays in Sacramento against the Kings.
The Wolves have no sympathy for the Spurs' injury problems. Minnesota is expected to have nine healthy bodies for Tuesday's matchup with San Antonio.
All-Star forward Kevin Love will return after missing the Wolves' last game with back spasms, but Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin, Chase Budinger and Shabazz Muhammad are all expected to be out.
With Love out, and just a night after an incredible, double-overtime road victory over the Miami Heat, the Timberwolves fell to the Orlando Magic Saturday night, 100-92, in Orlando.
"We beat the champs last night then get beat by the Magic," said forward Corey Brewer. "It's a tough loss for us."
Minnesota was paced by Ricky Rubio, who netted 18 points with 10 assists. Brewer tallied 15 points, while Dante Cunningham, Gorgui Dieng and Robbie Hummel each added 12, with Dieng grabbing eight rebounds in the setback.
The Timberwolves scored 30 points off 23 Orlando turnovers, but allowed the Magic to shoot 54.4. percent from the floor and 53 percent from beyond the 3- point arc.
The Spurs won both of this season's meetings with the T'Wolves, but have lost three of their last four in Minnesota.
04/08 10:31:53 ET