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Timberwolves Injury Update: Bennett, Muhammad Won't Travel to Houston

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Anthony Bennett is out a minimum of two weeks due to the sprained ankle he suffered in Friday night's win over the Suns, and Shabazz Muhammad will miss Monday night's game in Houston with a finger injury.

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The Timberwolves announced that Anthony Bennett will miss at least two weeks with a sprained ankle suffered in last night's win over the Phoenix Suns.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>More on Anthony Bennett: He will be out a minimum of two weeks after tests this morning revealed sprained right ankle. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Twolves?src=hash">#Twolves</a></p>&mdash; Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) <a href="https://twitter.com/Twolves_PR/status/569223583752437760">February 21, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Bennett, who got the start after Thad Young was traded to the Brooklyn Nets hurt the ankle after only nine minutes of playing time.

This is too bad for Bennett, who was slated to get an opportunity to earn more playing time in the absence of Young; especially since the team brought in Adreian Payne to compete with Bennett at the power forward position that remains unsettled as we enter the later stages of the season. Kevin Garnett will of course play that position starting Wednesday, but Flip Saunders has talked about wanting to limit him to less than 20 minutes a night. That leaves plenty of time for Bennett and Payne to state their cases for more significant roles for the remainder of this season and heading into next; however Bennett will now have to wait while his ankle heals.

Meanwhile, Shabazz Muhammad, who hurt his finger in a practice incident, played last night but was limited to 13 minutes. The team has decided to leave him in Minneapolis and give him a few more days off instead of trying to play him in Houston. There is no word on how long Muhammad might be out beyond Monday night.