Budinger practiced five-on-five on Wednesday for the first time since he was injured. He says if his knee responds well on Thursday, he will try to play against the Kings. The Timberwolves have sorely missed his perimeter shooting and movement without the ball. Budinger came over from Houston in the summer and quickly carved a role as a versatile wing player off the bench. He averaged 11.8 points in his first five games before being injured.
The 101-98 loss in Sacramento was Budinger's seventh game this season, and he finished with nine points in 18 minutes.
Budinger finished with 18 points and could be in line for a much bigger role if Brandon Roy (knee) is forced to miss time.
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