When he describes it, the whole thing seems so simple.
He's playing hard, helping his team. That's all. No more.
That's the thing about Nikola Pekovic nothing seems all that complicated. It's less about finesse and tricks than about size and strength, but that approach has been working for the Timberwolves in recent weeks.
Pekovic's effect was on display more than ever Friday night in the Timberwolves' 111-98 win over the Rockets, when the center finished the night with a career-high 30 points. With 12 rebounds on the night, he had his eighth double-double in the past 12 games, something made all the more remarkable by the fact that he'd had just one career double-double before the current streak.
It was a standout performance, but just the latest in a pattern of such high-level play. It didn't surprise Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman, nor did it shock Pekovic's teammates. Somehow, though, the Rockets seemed unprepared for the center's presence and scoring threat.