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Jonny Flynn expected to return to Timberwolves next Wednesday

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have not gotten good production out of the point guard position this season. Now, to be fair, look at the numbers and you see they haven’t gotten good production at any position except the four (I’m tired of pimping Kevin Love in spots like this, so just pretend I did).

But unlike the other positions help is coming at the point guard.

Jonny Flynn should be back next Wednesday, when the Wolves host the Clippers, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at Flynn had offseason hip surgery but is just about done with rehab.

Flynn started 81 games for the Wolves last season and gave them 13.5 points per game. We can debate if he is a really good fit for the system or if he breaks out of the triangle too much (he an Michael Beasley should play together so they can just ignore the offense totally), but the fact is he is a solid point guard.

And right now, the Timberwolves can’t be turning away talent. They are dead last in the league in offensive efficiency, dead last in field goal percentage (any way you want to create it, traditional or advanced stats, they stink at scoring in all of them). Flynn can slash and create, and the Timberwolves need all the scoring and creating they can get.

Flynn likely will come off the bench behind Luke Ridnour. Well, he will once Ridnour gets healthy from his hamstring issues. Which likely will be about next Wednesday. So who knows, I’m not about to guess at Kurt Rambis’ rotations.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.