Found March 21, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
It's been just months since few knew his name, weeks since he became an established starter, known for something other than his bulk and his beard. But that's easy to forget on nights like Wednesday, when Nikola Pekovic's absence loomed large for the Timberwolves. The starting center, who has been battling foot and ankle issues recently, flew back to Minneapolis on Wednesday to rehab his injuries and will miss the final two games of the road trip. His absence compounded a poor showing from the Timberwolves in San Antonio, as they lost to the Spurs, 116-100. "We're playing without a center, so it's really tough to win like that," J.J. Barea said.What's most amazing about Pekovic's absence is that it matters. Here's a player who was injured to start the season and didn't even play much upon returning. No one really knew who he was, what he was capable of, and it took an injury to Darko Milicic to get the 26-year-old into the starting lin...
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