Timberwolves giving Milicic a chance to start

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are giving newcomer Darko Milicic a chance in the starting lineup.

It's a brief experiment, while Al Jefferson serves a two-game suspension after his arrest on suspicion of DWI last weekend. Milicic picked up four fouls in Wednesday's loss at Dallas, along with six points and two rebounds in 14 minutes during his first start of the season.

Jefferson will also sit Saturday against Houston. Coach Kurt Rambis said Thursday that Milicic probably will go back to the bench next week, but praised his progress and potential since arriving in a trade with New York last month.

Milicic says his comfort level and conditioning are increasing, though his current plan remains to return to Europe after the season.