Wolves' 'Iron 9' battle Bobcats

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Andrei Kirilenko -- and what’s left of the depleted Timberwolves roster -- take on Charlotte tonightat Target Center.

The Star Tribune reports Minnesota will have just nine players on the bench, with Brandon Roy (knee) , J.J. Barea (foot sprain) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) all unavailable.

Even with all the injuries..the Wolves are off to a 5-2 start.

Kirilenko and three other Wolves, meanwhile, are on the NBA All-Star ballot. He’s joined by injured Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Pekovic. The starters will be announced in mid-January, with the game set for February 17 in Houston.

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