By Jerry Zgoda
Al Jefferson did not practice on Monday because of a sore ankle, but he is expected to play Tuesday night at Target Center against Portland. The Wolves are back from the West Coast after back-to-back road weekend victories at Sacramento and the L.A. Clippers.
Jefferson came down wrong on the ankle Wednesday at Utah and did not play the fourth quarter there, but he didn’t appeared slow a bit when he played 40 minutes (21 points, 13 rebounds) against the Kings and 36 minutes the next night against the Clips ( 30 and 12).
Sebastian Telfair was off crutches and back on the ankle he turned badly in Sacramento and was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday afternoon. He’s probably out for at least the next week.
Telfair’s injury put Randy Foye into the starting point guard’s spot for his breakout 26-point game against the Clippers, and just in time for Tuesday’s meeting with the Trail Blazers and Brandon Roy, with whom Foye will be compared for the rest of the career because of the draft-day deal that swapped one player for the other in 2006. The whole thing looks just a little less lopsided now that Foye finally is back playing again.
One other thing: The jockeying for ping-pong ball positioning intensified Monday when the league-worst Miami Heat announced they are shutting Dwyane Wade for the season because of his hurting knee. With Pat Riley already saying he might miss coaching some games here in March so he can scout the college game’s best players, looks like the Heat is a lock for that best 25-percent chance at Kansas State’s Michael Beasley.