The local logic surrounding tonight's game had gone something like this for the Kings faithful, "Well, at least it's just the T-Wolves."
And suddenly, the T-Wolves look pretty daunting.
Why, you ask? Well because Kevin Martin will start despite having a left ankle that is somewhere close to 60 percent healthy and face the task of chasing equally-active Corey Brewer. And because his help off the bench has gone from slim to virtually non-existent, as Quincy Douby is out with a sore right ankle. To make matters worse for this bunch, team trainer Pete Youngman has extended the recovery time for swingman Francisco Garcia (right calf strain) to two to three more weeks from today. All of which is good news if you're Donte' Greene.
The rookie small forward will be active by necessity but could get a chance to play if the circumstances are right.
"With Kevin kind of not knowing exactly what's going to happen when the game starts, we could end up needing another small too," Kings coach Reggie Theus said. "When you look at that (Minnesota) lineup...He can guard (Brewer), definitely. I think so."
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