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Game Thread: Timberwolves (17-54) at Mavericks (49-21)

WHO: The Dallas Mavericks host the Minnesota Timberwolves

WHAT: The first game in 4 days, and the last home game before a 6-game road trip

WHERE: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX

WHEN: 7:30pm CT


THE STORY: Kevin Love isn't playing tonight. Everything else is irrelevant. This SHOULD be an easy one. Should being the key term. There are some links, including a Tyson Chandler video, below the jump, and be nice to Canis Hoopus. Kindness to ALL animals.

Timberwolves-Mavericks Preview - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
Though he's no longer an All-Star caliber player and he's fairly new to the Dallas Mavericks, Peja Stojakovic returning could be a key factor in helping the team climb out of its funk. The Mavericks try for an 18th win in 19 games over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves, who will be missing Kevin Love as the teams close their season series Thursday night.

Shootaround Report: Timberwolves (17-54) at Mavericks (49-21) - Mavs Fast Break
A day after turning 38 years old, point guard Jason Kidd was more concerned with another number: 50. The future Hall of Famer, who hasn’t shown signs of aging, was more focused on helping the Mavericks achieve the feat of an 11th straight 50-win season than he was his own birthday, looking to add another W to reach the mark when the Minnesota Timberwolves enter the American Airlines Center Thursday night.

Dallas Mavericks Blog: Butler's Return, Kidd's Birthday and more
Caron Butler joined his teammates on the court Thursday morning for the halfcourt shooting contest that's become a ritual at the end of every shootaround. Wearing a sleeve over his surgically-repaired right knee, Butler can't do much more than sort of hobble about and hoist jumpers, but even that is significant progress with the playoffs a little more than three weeks away. "I'm pushing hard," Butler said. "I'm definitely trying to get back. I'm feeling good, just pushing."

Journey in the Now: Tyson Chandler |
Journey in the Now: Tyson Chandler - NBA Videos and Highlights. Tyson Chandler talks about his path from Chicago, through New Orleans and Charlotte, and finally to Dallas.

What caused former Mavs forward Mark Aguirre to black out at Plano club
Former Mavericks great Mark Aguirre was hospitalized Wednesday with a circulation problem after falling ill at a Plano athletic club, according to close friend Frank Zaccanelli. Aguirre, one of the greatest players in the team’s history, apparently had a clogged vessel while working out on a treadmill, according to Zaccanelli, who was the Mavericks’ general manager during the 1990s.