With 2:46 remaining in the third quarter of Monday's game in Dallas, Nikola Pekovic left the court with a sprained left ankle. He is out for the night.
Pekovic sustained the injury while running down the court, and it appears as if he stepped on Vince Carter's foot to trigger the fall. Before leaving the game, he had 20 points and six rebounds. Greg Stiemsma entered the game in Pekovic's place. Before Monday's game, he as averaging 5.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per game.
The center's injury marks the Timberwolves' sixth, and the only starter currently healthy is 31-year-old small forward Andrei Kirilenko. Ricky Rubio will be out until December, most likely, with a torn ACL he suffered last March, and Kevin Love's return date from his broken right hand will likely be early next month, as well. Brandon Roy is out with a sore right knee, and now there's this sprained ankle for Pekovic.
The reserves are depleted, too: J.J. Barea is out with a sprained foot, and to make ...