Mar 1, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT
Minnesota still holds out hope of making a playoff push — they are 5.5 games back of the eight seed Suns and will need to go about 20-5 the rest of the way to catch Phoenix’s pace. That’d be heck of a run.
So it’s good news that Minnesota is about to get its second and third leading scorers, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic back on Saturday when they take on the Kings. The team made the announcement Saturday after shootaround.
Pekovic has been out a month — 13 games to be specific — with an ankle injury. He is a skilled scorer around the basket who averaged 18 points a game on 53.2 percent shooting plus he pulled down 9.1 rebounds a game. The Timberwolves offense jumps 4.5 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court.
Martin has been out seven games with a thumb injury. He is averaging 19 points a game and is shooting 39.9 percent from three, providing much-needed floor spacing for the Timberwolves. Minnesota’s offense jumps 3.8 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court.
When Martin and Pekovic are on the court together the Timberwolves are +5.4 per 100 possessions.
Getting these two back makes Minnesota better. Probably not 20-5 better, but they will be improved.
- Report: Kyrie Irving likely not back opening night, could be out until January 0
- Legendary Sixer, backboard-shattering dunker Darryl Dawkins dies at 58 6
- After Rio Olympics next summer, who takes over at Team USA coach? 3
- Kobe, Shaq discuss regrets over feud that ended their Lakers era 44
- NBA fines Clippers for attempting to circumvent salary cap with DeAndre Jordan 10
- The most overlooked – and maybe most significant – reason Carmelo Anthony won’t waive his no-trade clause this season 17
- Phil Jackson is optimistic about Knicks coming season, except the start 7
- Report: Lakers considering bringing back Metta World Peace 33