NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, February 10th (All times eastern)
Utah Jazz (24-25) at Minnesota Timberwolves (22-26), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Utah Jazz begin a three-game road trip this evening, as they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Utah could get a big boost tonight, as forward Carlos Boozer may make his season debut. Boozer has been sidelined the entire campaign with a left hamstring injury. The Duke product averaged 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in 51 games for the Jazz last season, his first with the club.
Originally selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round (35th pick overall) in the 2002 NBA Draft, Boozer signed with the Jazz as a free agent on July 30, 2004. He played two seasons for the Cavs and averaged a career-high 11.4 rebounds in the 2003-04 campaign.
On Monday, Mehmet Okur's three-pointer with seven-tenths of a second left in overtime lifted the Jazz over the Chicago Bulls, 109-107, at the Delta Center. Okur ended with 15 points, while Matt Harpring recorded a team-high 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Utah, which has won three of its last four games overall.
Rookie Deron Williams, who did not play against Chicago, is questionable for tonight's contest with an ankle injury. Utah's point guard is averaging 9.5 points and 3.9 assists per game this season.
The Jazz, who will visit the Houston Rockets on Saturday and the Lakers on Monday, are 11-13 as the visitor this season. They have lost four in a row on the road.
Minnesota plays the second of a five-game homestand. On Wednesday, LeBron James narrowly missed a triple-double with 35 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, as the Cleveland Cavaliers rallied from a 15-point deficit for a 97-91 victory over the Timberwolves at the Target Center.
Kevin Garnett ended with 21 points, 18 rebounds and six assists, while Ricky Davis tied a season-best with 33 points in the loss to Cleveland for the Timberwolves, who have dropped four of their last five games overall.
Garnett was named a reserve for the Western Conference All-Star team on Thursday. He will be making his ninth consecutive All-Star appearance.
The Timberwolves, who will host New Orleans/Oklahoma City on Saturday, Toronto on Monday and Seattle on Wednesday, are a respectable 14-9 at the Target Center this season. They have lost three of their last four contests at home.
This is the second meeting of the season between the squads. On December 5th, Garnett scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Timberwolves beat the Jazz, 91-77, at the Delta Center.
The Timberwolves have won three straight and six of the last seven meetings in this series. Utah has lost three straight and four of its last five at Minnesota.
02/10 10:48:09 ET