Practice Report | Feb. 21, 2014
The Minnesota Timberwolves have a crucial road trip coming up and being healthy for it would be pretty nice.
Both Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic were involved in drills during Friday’s practice, but neither player participated in practice.
Martin, who was reevaluated prior to practice, plans on getting a second opinion on his thumb. The results from the first doctor’s visit concluded that Martin’s thumb is progressing well, but there is still no timetable. Coach Rick Adelman told media members after practice that Martin was going to get a second opinion.
As for Pekovic, his injured ankle seems to be close to full strength and while he hasn’t participated in a full practice, he’s considered day-to-day and might have an outside chance of playing on Saturday or Sunday this weekend.
“I have no idea,” said Wolves coach Rick Adelman on Pekovic’s chances playing tomorrow against Utah. “I honestly really don’t have any idea yet.”
Fellow center Ronny Turiaf did not participate in practice due to a bone bruise in his right leg he suffered during Wednesday’s win over the Indiana Pacers. He’s not likely to play on Saturday.
No Turiaf. No Pekovic. So, who’s going to suit up at center for the Timberwolves?
Rookie Gorgui Dieng will most certainly see extended minutes and Adelman hopes that the young center can stay out of foul trouble. If he’s not able to, fans could see Kevin Love slide to the center position as well as Dante Cunningham.
“We’re going to figure it out for tomorrow night,” Adelman said. “We have three or four guys that can play up there but G is the only center, so we’re going to have to just see how the game goes and see how we’re going to do that.”
That means that a player will need to fill the void at power forward. Adelman hinted that Luc Mbah a Moute could see time at the power forward position as well as rookie Robbie Hummel.
Either way, someone will have to step up for the Wolves.
“I’m glad it’s over with and I can concentrate on what I do,” Barea said after practice. “Yeah, you don’t really want to get traded. I think I’m in a good situation here and I’m with a good group of guys with a good staff, so I don’t wanna go nowhere.”
“It’s getting close,” Budinger said. “My legs are getting there, they’re coming back.”