http://www.jsonline.com/sports/bucks/preview-jk7rg19-181472591.htmlWHEN: 7 p.m. Friday.
WHERE: Target Center.
BROADCASTS: TV - FS Wisconsin. Radio - AM-620.
About the Timberwolves: Kevin Love has returned to the lineup after missing the first nine games due to a fractured right hand. Minnesota has been hit hard by injuries, losing guard Brandon Roy to arthroscopic knee surgery and forward Chase Budinger to a meniscus tear in his left knee. Roy is expected to be out one month, and Budinger will be sidelined three to four months. Spanish guard Ricky Rubio is making progress in his return from knee surgery and could be back in a game in early December, which would be far ahead of a Christmas target date. He was cleared for contact on Wednesday. Minnesota ended a five-game skid with a 97-89 victory in Sacramento on Tuesday. Love ditched a protective padded glove in that game and had 23 points and 24 rebounds, including 21 defensive rebounds. The Timberwolves lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, 101-95, on Wednesday and were outscored in the paint, 54-38.
G Malcolm Lee, 6-5, UCLA
G Luke Ridnour, 6-2, Oregon
F Josh Howard, 6-7, Wake Forest
F Kevin Love, 6-10, UCLA
C Nikola Pekovic, 6-11, Montenegro
Coach: Rick Adelman (second season, 32-48; 22nd overall, 977-664).
Injury report: Rubio (torn left knee ligaments), Roy (right knee surgery) and Budinger (lateral meniscus tear left knee) are out. Andrei Kirilenko (back spasms) is questionable.
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G Monta Ellis, 6-3, Lanier (Miss.)
G B. Jennings, 6-1, Oak Hill (Va.)
F Tobias Harris, 6-8, Tennessee
F John Henson, 6-11, North Carolina
C Samuel Dalembert, 6-11, Seton Hall
Coach: Scott Skiles (fifth season, 153-172; 13th overall, 434-423).
Injury report: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (right patella surgery) is out.