Nikola Pekovic out at least a week
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ second leading scorer (16.0 PPG) and rebounder (8.6 RPG) Nikola Pekovic bruised his right quadriceps following a collision with center Blake Griffin in the third quarter of Thursday's 90-77 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Nikola Pekovic did not participate in practice Friday and Minnesota Timberwolves president David Khan believed Pekovic could miss at least a week while recovering from the injury.
Nikola Pekovic is just the latest significant injured player on the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, which has seen a slew of injuries throughout the season. The Minnesota Timberwolves are already missing All-Star forward Kevin Love, swingman Chase Budinger, as well as guards Brandon Roy and Malcolm Lee.
Kevin Love is expected to be sidelined till mid-March after having a surgery earlier this week on his right hand that has been injured for the second time this season. Chase Budinger is also expected to be back around the same time after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Brandon Roy’s knees have kept him out since November, and there is no timetable for his return yet. Meanwhile Malcolm Lee will miss the remaining season after undergoing knee and hip surgery.
Alexey Shved also made the Minnesota Timberwolves’ injury report after exiting early in the fourth quarter of Thursday’s game with a sprained left ankle. The 24-year-old Alexey Shved missed practice on Friday and is listed questionable for Saturday’s game against the Houston Rockets.
The Minnesota Timberwolves (16-20) have been really struggling with the piling injuries, as they’ve sunk to the 10th spot in the Western Conference following a five game losing streak. So, the league has granted the Minnesota Timberwolves an injury roster exception for signing an additional player on a 10-day contract to add depth to the depleting roster.