Tuesday , Mar , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Sonics pay a visit to Timberwolves

(Sports Network) – Two teams with slim playoff hopes meet tonight, as the
Seattle SuperSonics visit the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center.

Minnesota trails the Los Angeles Clippers by 3 1/2 games for the eighth and
final playoff berth in the Western Conference, while Seattle is 6 1/2 games
off the pace.

The Timberwolves play the finale of a short two-game homestand. Kevin
Garnett’s fade away jumper as time expired pushed Minnesota over the Portland
Trail Blazers, 94-93, on Sunday at the Target Center.

Garnett poured in 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Minnesota, which
won for just the second time in its last six games overall. Rookie Randy Foye
poured in 17 points, while Ricky Davis scored 15 points and dished out eight
assists in the win for the Timberwolves.

Minnesota is 20-13 at home this season. The Timberwolves are scheduled to
visit Carlos Boozer and the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at EnergySolutions Arena.

Seattle plays the first of a two-game road trip. Manu Ginobili scored 19
points and was one of seven Spurs in double figures as the San Antonio Spurs
crushed the SuperSonics, 120-79, on Sunday at KeyArena.

Luke Ridnour ended with 16 points for the SuperSonics, who have dropped seven
of their last nine games overall. Chris Wilcox had 14 points and grabbed nine
boards, while Rashard Lewis netted 13 in defeat.

Prior to Sunday’s game, it was announced that All-Star guard Ray Allen will
miss the remainder of the season with bone spurs in his left ankle. Allen, who
is averaging a team-best 26.4 points per game, will require surgery but a
specific date has yet to be determined.

The SuperSonics are 8-25 on the road this season. They will visit Allen
Iverson and the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. Seattle
has won two of the three contests so far.

Seattle has lost three straight after winning its last two at Minnesota.