The Minnesota Timberwolves were dead ages ago, but on Monday, they made damn sure that rhigamortis has set in.
Scared off by the plunging Celtics tying them for spot #7 and knowing that the Clippers get their pick if it's 11 or higher, Minnesota sat star Kevin Garnett on Sunday, ending his 351 consecutive NBA starts, due to a crippling case of "right knee tendinitis" that could have him out for the rest of the season.
To finish the job, the Pups also benched Ricky Davis with a debilatating "left groin strain", though fortunately his right groin seems to be in fair condition.
Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy called it a "bold move in the wrong direction", but wasn't sure it was in the spirit of the race.
"If you don't play your salaried guys, how can you truly call yourself the worst this game has to offer? I mean, any one can play Eddie Griffin 33 minutes and lose," said the Houston coach, who conceded that the Rockets would be re-evaluating Yao Ming's "plantar fasciitic anemia" on Tuesday.