By Jerry Zgoda
Al Jefferson’s back in the starting lineup and they’re just about set to tip it off at Target Center tonight, with the Wolves trying to end against Houston that 10-game losing streak.
Ryan Hollins is starting again at either center or power forward, whatever you want to designate him and designate Al. That leaves a Jefferson, Hollins, Ryan Gomes, Corey Brewer and Jonny Flynn starting lineup, of course.
Trevor Ariza walked into the Wolves locker room tonight less than 90 minutes before the opening tap. I was absolutely positive it was a super-duper big trade, but, alas, he was escorted into Kurt Rambis for about 10 minutes to visit with the guy who was his assistant coach with the Lakers last season.
Also, it’s hard to believe, but Tubby Smith has torn himself away from breaking down game film of Utah Valley State — the Gophers’ titanic opponent tomorrow night at the Barn — to attend tonight’s game. He’s either here to watch Oleksiy Pecherov or Rockets forward Chuck Hayes, who played for him at Kentucky.