MINNEAPOLIS -- Shabazz Muhammad cussing, A.J. Price raining down 3-pointers, Gorgui Dieng swatting shots.
For Ronny Turiaf, delight.
Bumping shoulders Monday with a mix of reserves and fellow injured rotation man Chase Budinger, Turiaf tested his right elbow in a contact situation for the first time since hitting the floor hard in the Timberwolves' second game of the season. The resulting radial head fracture has kept him out of 28 games.
After shootaround at the team's Lifetime Fitness center practice facility, Turiaf teamed up with Budinger and Muhammad in a lively game of 3-on-3. Then he talked to reporters for the first time in weeks, a smile on his face and hope in his low, Caribbean-accented voice.
"It was really satisfying to just get out there and just be with the guys and just get some live action a little bit," Turiaf said. "Itâs been a tough process, so it felt pretty good being out there today."
Initially, it appeared the injury -- the result of a mid-air collision wit...