March 11, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett is sitting out the Timberwolves' game against the Phoenix Suns to rest a sore knee.

Coach Flip Saunders said Garnett, who last month returned to the Wolves in a trade with Brooklyn, will play Friday at Oklahoma City. Garnett, in his 20th NBA season, also missed Minnesota's game on Monday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Saunders said Wednesday that Garnett hasn't missed practices, but will do so on Thursday.

''When we traded for him and I talked to him, his number one thing (was) `I know we're not going to the playoffs, I'll sit out games but I'm not going to sit out practices, because I can really have an influence in practice with players,''' Saunders said. ''We're doing what we talked about doing when we traded for him.''

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