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Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic return to Timberwolves lineup Saturday

Mar 1, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass AP

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.

  1. monkeyhateclean - Mar 1, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Who cares? Love is headed to Portland, to begin the next NBA Dynasty.

    When healthy, Pek is a good C, but he’s never stayed healthy, yet Minny overpaid, and thus he’ll be stuck in Minny for a while.

    Similarly, a healthy K-Mart could be a good SG, but he’s never stayed healthy, and Minny overpaid for him, so playoff-bound teams won’t be interested.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Love to Portland? No thanks, we already have a better PF.

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:37 AM

        Better? no.
        Fabulous yes

      • strictlythedanks - Mar 2, 2014 at 2:38 AM

        No one has a better PF

  2. revren10 - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Love will go to the celtics greatest franchise in nba history

  3. hannsta - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Love is going to play for my rec league team no doubt about it. Told him he only had to pay half the $30 registration fee. Who could resist?

  4. migoli - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    I thoroughly enjoy all this speculation on love’a next team. Wishful thinking never hurt anyone I guess

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