NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 20th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (22-34) at Minnesota Timberwolves (18-35), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Indiana Pacers will be without their best player this evening, when they try to end a 10-game road losing streak against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Pacers forward and leading scorer Danny Granger went down with a right foot injury during the second quarter of Wednesday's 103-94 loss at Charlotte. Granger, who leads Indiana with 25.0 ppg, will miss up to three weeks with a partial tendon tear in the foot.
"That shot I took right before I left the game, it felt like something popped in my foot," said Granger. "Then I thought I pulled it and I ran down the other end and that's when I said there's something wrong."
Troy Murphy had 18 points and 16 rebounds in the loss for the Pacers, who have alternated wins and losses over the last seven games. Indiana is 6-23 away from Conseco Fieldhouse this season.
The Pacers are also toiling without sharp-shooting forward Mike Dunleavy, who is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. Dunleavy, who also missed the first 34 games of the season with the injury, has averaged 15.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists this season.
Minnesota will attempt to put the brakes on a four-game home losing streak when the Pacers enter the Target Center. It will also host the LA Lakers and is 8-17 as the host in 2008-09.
The Timberwolves ended a five-game skid with a 111-104 triumph versus the Miami Heat on Wednesday thanks to Sebastian Telfair's career-high 30 points. Ryan Gomes added 20 points and seven boards, while rookie Kevin Love ended with 16 points and nine boards for Minnesota, which outrebounded Miami 49-24.
The Wolves went 14-of-22 from three-point range against the Heat.
Off the floor, Minnesota made a minor move Thursday, picking up forward Shelden Williams and reserve point guard Bobby Brown from Sacramento in exchange for swingman Rashad McCants and seldom-used center Calvin Booth.
Minnesota defeated Indiana, 116-111, on February 3 this season. Randy Foye had 19 points and five assists to lead seven Minnesota players in double-digits. The Timberwolves have won five of the last seven meetings with the Pacers.
Indiana has lost three straight and four of its last five as the visitor in this series.
02/20 13:04:24 ET