Wolves bring back McCants against Kings

Updated: January 31, 2007, 10:44 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota guard Rashad McCants returned from microfracture surgery on his right knee, entering the Timberwolves' 100-98 loss against Sacramento early in the second quarter on Wednesday night.

Rashad McCants

McCants had two points in five minutes for the Wolves, who were fresh off their best win of the season, a 121-112 victory over Phoenix that ended the Suns' 17-game winning streak and moved Minnesota back to the .500 mark.

Speaking about an hour before tipoff, Timberwolves interim coach Randy Wittman said McCants had a chance to make his first appearance of the season against the Kings.

"He's made progress every day. I'm to the point now when an opportunity presents itself, I think you might see him," Wittman said.

Wearing a white headband, McCants walked onto the court to a warm ovation from the Target Center crowd.

McCants had the surgery, which has sidelined several NBA stars -- including Jason Kidd and Amare Stoudemire -- over the past few years, in June. The original timetable for his return was four to six months, but the team has been extra cautious with its 2005 first-round draft pick.

After a slow start to his rookie season, McCants scored in double digits his last 12 games as his role increased with the team out of playoff contention. He shot 37.2 percent from 3-point range, a franchise record for rookies.

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