Monday , May , 31 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Timberwolves to play Game 6 without Cassell

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Minnesota point guard Sam Cassell will miss
Monday’s Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against Los Angeles due to
nagging back spasms and an injured hip.

Cassell, who also missed Game 5 with the two injuries, left Game 2 after just
43 seconds. However, he did return in Game 3 where he scored 18 points in the
loss. In Game 4, Cassell didn’t start and went 1-for-4 while playing only
five minutes in a loss.

The Florida State product is averaging 16.6 points and 4.4 assists in 16
playoffs games this season.

Los Angeles might also be without the services of one of its guards, as Derek
Fisher will be a game-time decision with a sprained right knee.

Fisher injured the knee during the Game 5 loss, but still finished with 17
points. He is averaging 8.1 points per game these playoffs.

The Timberwolves staved off elimination with a 98-96 win in Game 5, but Los
Angeles still holds a 3-2 advantage in the best-of-seven series.