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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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This week, rookie Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio underwent surgery on his injured knee and it was discovered that not only did he have a torn ACL, his LCL was torn as well.
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio underwent successful surgery on Wednesday to repair tears to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) in his left knee.
Rubio, who was originally diagnosed with only an ACL tear, traveled to Vail, Colo., for the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Richard Steadman. The injury occurred...
MINNEAPOLIS For the second night in a row and the third time in four games, the Timberwolves will play Friday without starting center Nikola Pekovic.
Pekovic has gone from a relative unknown, a benchwarmer who averaged just 13.6 minutes in his rookie season last year, to a dominant center, and he replaced Darko Milicic in Minnesota's starting lineup in February.
But on Wednesday...
Darko Milicic began the year as the Timberwolves’ starting center but has since fallen out of favor and watched Nikola Pekovic replace him. Now the Timberwolves are temporarily keeping Pekovic, who’s been hampered by injuries to both ankles, out of action for a while. And even though Darko is the next center listed on Minnesota’s depth chart, don’t expect coach Rick Adelman...
A month ago in a hotel room in Orlando, the Timberwolves were buzzing. The team had a reason to be excited for the first time in a very long time. At .500 and the Playoffs within site, the Timberwolves actually mattered at the All-Star Break for the first time in a long time.
I talked with Timberwolves media relations staff at the All-Star Weekend and they were ecstatic with having...
MINNEAPOLIS The chants don't matter.
MVP! MVP! MVP! They're flattering, but if every player on the receiving end of those cheers won an award, it would be reduced to something akin to an honor roll bumper sticker, an uncomplicated badge that, hey, you're pretty good, I guess.
And really, being the NBA MVP is about a lot more than being good. It's not even a measure...
BABY ONE MORE TIME
The Minnesota Timberwolves have released their 2nd video is a series or viral pieces which will either make you laugh or cry. The first featured Darko Milicic listening to pop music and now we are treated to a large amount of the Timberwolves singing Britney Spears “Baby One More Time” karaoke style. You have to give it the Timberwolves players and marketing staff some...
Minnesota Timberwolves rookie point guard Ricky Rubio underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee Wednesday.
Rubio suffered two torn ligaments in the waning seconds of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 9.
The injury will force him to miss the London Olympics this summer. Rubio hopes to be back on the court in nine months.
The 21-year-old averaged 10.6 points...
There are few moments in life that can top the below video and those moments are few and far between as the Minnesota Timberwolves Darko Milicic had Darko Milicic listen to some music.In this clip, Darko listens to LMFAO's Party Rock Anthem:
The San Antonio Spurs (29-14) will square off with the Minnesota Timberwolves (23-24) tonight in San Antonio, a place that hasnt' been kind to Minnesota. The Timberwolves have not won in the Alamo City since 2004 and are on a 14-game losing streak in San Antonio.
Minnesota has won previous two meetings with the Spurs this season including an 87-79 win in Minnesota. The Spurs...
The San Antonio Spurs (29-14) return home from a split road trip as they host the Minnesota Timberwolves in the last matchup of the regular season between the two teams.
Much has changed since these two teams met back in late January. Rookie sensation Ricky Rubio went down with a season ending injury, and the Spurs made a few roster moves as Richard Jefferson was traded to Golden...
After dominating the series with the Minnesota Timberwolves for the last five years, the San Antonio Spurs have dropped this season's first two matchups.
Their final meeting Wednesday night, however, seems like it could shape up differently.
This time, the Spurs have Manu Ginobili, the Timberwolves are without Ricky Rubio and the setting is the AT&T Center, where San Antonio...
There will be a celebration tonight at the AT&T Center as the San Antonio Spurs (29-14) prepare to retire the jersey of Spurs defensive great Bruce Bowen. Before the ceremonies begin however, there’s still some basketball to be played.
The Spurs will be hosting the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight as the Timberwolves just came from a jersey retirement ceremony in Golden State...