MINNEAPOLIS -- Three times this week, Nikola Pekovic has been granted an unfamiliar yet welcome sight: Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love, both in uniform and anticipating whichever direction Pekovic tries to direct the opening tip.
The on-floor reunion makes the 6-foot-11, 290-pound behemoth of a man emit a boyish grin.
"It's just a great feeling to get back together," Pekovic said after practice this week. "I know it's been a while since we get together, all of us. It's just good feeling."
It's everyone's favorite stat this preseason, and one of the most telling regarding the Timberwolves' injury woes of a year ago: their core trio of Pekovic, Love and Rubio was on the floor together a grand total of 13 minutes, spread across three regular-season contests. By Saturday evening at the Target Center, they'll have eclipsed that game total in less than a week.
Coach Rick Adelman made a point, especially in Minnesota's first two exhibitions, to keep the three of them on the floor together. ...