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Kilpatrick played 42 games this season with the Delaware 86ers and Santa Cruz, Calif., Warriors in the D League, where all kinds of crazy things have been known to happen. But getting a call to the NBA on four hours’ notice? “This is unusual,” Kilpatrick said. “I was just trying to fit in. You just go out there and try to play defense. You want to do the right things to stick out and that’s something I wanted to do.” He knew none of the Wolves’ offensive or defensive calls, so he blended in as best he could. “It was totally different, the play calling they were doing,” he said. “I was just happy I was able to contribute.”
Kilpatrick, the former University of Cincinnati star whose family is from New York, was close enough. “We had him in before so we worked him out, so we knew about him and we’ve been following him, but there’s no question that geography helped,” Saunders said. “We had to have a guy here ready to play at 7:30.” Kilpatrick has averaged 13.6 points in 42 games this season with Delaware and Santa Cruz. “We’ll be undermanned,” Saunders said before the game, “but guys that have complained in the past about playing time won’t have to worry about it tonight.”
The Timberwolves signed guard Sean Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract, and he arrived in time to give them the league-mandated eight players in uniform for their game against the New York Knicks. Listing eight players on their injured list, the Wolves didn’t just need a player. They needed one who wouldn’t take long to get here. “We had to fulfill our rules, so we had to go find somebody that was within a train ride away,” Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. Kilpatrick actually drove, arriving in the Wolves’ locker room at Madison Square Garden about 45 minutes before the start. He quickly introduced himself to guard Ricky Rubio, who joined the injured ranks Thursday with a sore right ankle.