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Minnesota’s Nikola Pekovic out 7-10 days with bursitis in right ankle

Jan 28, 2014, 4:25 PM EST

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You didn’t think we were going to go another day without an NBA injury, did you?

The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves were above .500 they were 8-7 and you hadn’t even had your Thanksgiving turkey yet. Ten times since then they have gotten back to .500 and 10 times they lost the next game.

They are hoping to break that streak Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, but they are going to have to do it without big man Nikola Pekovic.

Pekovic is out for 7-10 days with bursitis in his right ankle, the team announced Tuesday. His ankle was bothering him before the Bulls game Monday and he played just six minutes before leaving for the rest of the night.

Bursitis is the inflammation or irritation of the sac of fluid that provides lubrication between bones, muscle ligaments and the like. We more often see this injury in elbows and shoulders than ankles.

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Pekovic provides 18 points and 9 rebounds a game for Minnesota, plus he provides the physicality inside the team needs to let Kevin Love do his thing. Pekovic, however, does not provide a lot of rim protection.

Expect to see a lot more Ronny Turiaf, some Dante Cunningham and maybe some Gorgui Dieng filling in for Pekovic.

  1. mnsadsportsfan - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    So disappointed how mediocre this team is! News flash love is not a #1 he does not seem to elevate the team just brings big stats

  2. vikesdynasty - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    We’ll be better without Pek. Good scorer but doesn’t do anything defensively. He allows points faster than he can put them up.

  3. pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    MVP of the Euro big man prison league.

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    …Honorable mention:

    Gortat
    Antic
    Raduljica

    the list is growing…

  5. abchome - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    Bruised Bro!

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