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Updated: October 7, 2003, 8:46 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin Garnett not only likes having Mark "Mad Dog" Madsen on his team, he's already taken to calling him by his new "Red Bull" nickname. "I like him like that," KG said in the Star Tribune. "Because you start to think that it's playoffs, y'know? Did you see him in that drill today? He was getting into it with everybody. I like that. It's intense, but I'm intense, too. It's about time we got somebody just as passionate as me."

Boston Celtics: The demise of Tony Battie's right knee has been greatly exaggerated. "I couldn't sleep last night just thinking about it," Battie said to the Boston Herald, "but after the reassurance from the doctor that everything looked well, I was all right." Battie hurt his knee last year and required surgery. He had a restless night worrying and I had a restless night worrying, and it's as good a news as we could have gotten,'' coach Jim O'Brien said.

"It was good news. There's no tear. There's no really bad stuff happening. They should be able to get him back onto the court in very quick order. They're going to get the swelling in his knee down with just some therapy.''

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