Wolves point guard Randy Foye will be re-examined Jan. 7 to determine how his left knee injury is progressing, coach Randy Wittman said. The Wolves are hoping that he will be cleared to resume all basketball activities if the stress reaction in his kneecap has healed. Foye likely will need at least a week of practice, and maybe longer, to regain his conditioning before he can play in a game.
Before Friday's games, only Jefferson, Houston's Yao Ming, Utah's Carlos Boozer, Washington's Antawn Jamison and Orlando's Dwight Howard were averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Jefferson ranked fourth in the NBA with 12.3 rebounds a game. He also was pulling down 4.0 offensive rebounds, a figure that ranked second in the NBA behind New Orleans' Tyson Chandler. Jefferson is on pace to break the Wolves' franchise record for offensive rebounds.
That Minnesota record is owned by Felton Spencer, who grabbed 3.4 a game in 1990-91.
Wittman compares the Trail Blazers' work a season ago to his team's situation this season.
"That's the process we're in," he said. "We've got to figure out who we're going to move forward with, decide what pieces we're going to keep and what pieces we're going to change and do that. They've done a good job. Give them a lot of credit."