ESPN wrote:MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Cassell returned to the court for practice Monday, and the Timberwolves' point guard said again that he doesn't plan to let his bad back keep him out of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
2003-2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
81 19.8 3.3 7.3 .488 .873
In too much pain to play the fourth quarter of Game 1 against the Lakers, Cassell started Sunday's Game 2 -- but lasted only 43 seconds before hobbling off. Minnesota beat Los Angeles 89-71 to even the series at one game apiece.
"I felt a little better," Cassell said Monday as he left Target Center before the Timberwolves left for California.
"I'm still not where I want to be at," he said. "It's tough, man. I just want to have a little confidence in my body."
With only one day between games, there's not much chance for rest in this round. So the Wolves now consider any contribution from their All-Star a bonus.
"We have to play right now," teammate Latrell Sprewell said. "If he can give us something, that's great."
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