Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/19/13
MINNEAPOLIS After missing the past five Timberwolves games with a strained right quad, small forward Andrei Kirilenko will return to the Minnesota lineup on Wednesday night for the team's game against Philadelphia. He participated in the team's full practice on Tuesday. Kirilenko seemed borderline agitated last Wednesday about the duration of the injury, which he suffered on Feb. 4 against Portland. He said he was tired of watching his team play its games on television and seemed hopeful that he'd be back after the All-Star break. Kirilenko has missed nine games this season; he also suffered from back spasms in late November and early December. In this, his 11th year in the NBA, he's averaging 13.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists, and his 18.1 PER is among the best of his career. His reinsertion into the Timberwolves' starting lineup will be bound to bring help at both ends of the court, and Mickael Gelabale will likely come off the bench now that the Kirilenko has returned. No Adelman Tuesday: Rick Adelman missed Tuesday's practice, his team's first since the All-Star break began, to attend a doctor's appointment with his wife, Mary Kay, who began suffering from unexplained seizures in January. Assistant Terry Porter ran Tuesday's workout. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Rockets have 'serious chance' at landing Chris Paul

MotoGP qualifying for the Dutch Grand Prix saw three frightening crashes Saturday

Report: Knicks attempted to move Joakim Noah with Kristaps Porzingis

Hornets GM mistakenly introduces Dwayne Bacon as Dwyane Wade

Three A's players knock first MLB homers in the same game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cuban-American businessman emerges as potential Marlins buyer

Charles Oakley: Kristaps Porzingis was ‘wrong’ to skip exit meeting

Ranking the toughest divisions in the NFL

Sixers already looking to extend Joel Embiid

WATCH: Klay Thompson fails miserably attempting a 360 dunk

Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he’s dealing with anxiety

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker