NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Wednesday, January 19th (All times eastern)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19-18) at Los Angeles Lakers (20-16), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Minnesota Timberwolves try to get back on track tonight when they begin a three-game road trip in Los Angeles against the Lakers at Staples Center.
The T-Wolves had a two-game winning streak snapped in Monday's 100-91 loss to visiting Toronto. The setback dropped Minnesota to 3-8 in its last 11 games overall.
The Raptors' Donyell Marshall hit 6-of-8 three-pointers and finished with 22 points to lead the way for the victors.
Wally Szczerbiak paced the Timberwolves with 25 points. Kevin Garnett chipped in 20 points and 14 boards for Minnesota, which is only one game above .500. Troy Hudson had 15 points and seven assists in the loss.
Sam Cassell missed his sixth straight game for Minnesota with a hamstring injury. Also, Minnesota again played without Michael Olowokandi, who was suspended for four games for fighting with Nene of the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.
Cassell is doubtful for tonight's contest.
The Wolves will visit Seattle on Friday.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, hopes to rebound after having its own two-game run snapped in Monday's 102-94 loss to Utah in the opener of a four-game home set.
Caron Butler poured in a game-high 26 points and Chucky Atkins scored 18 for the Lakers, who continued to play without Kobe Bryant. Lamar Odom had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in the setback.
Earlier on Monday, it was announced that Bryant will be sidelined for at least two more weeks as he continues to recover from a severely sprained ankle. Bryant, who is already on the IL, was examined by team doctors and told he will need more time to heal the injury.
The Lakers will host Golden State on Friday.
Los Angeles won the first meeting between these Western Conference finalists, 105-96, in Minneapolis on January 10. The Lakers have won two straight in the series after a three-game losing streak.
01/19 10:07:42 ET