Found November 12, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
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 matters worse, small forward Chase Budinger, one of the team's leading scorers early this season, suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee on Saturday. He'll have surgery later this week, and typical recovery times lie in the two month range. There's been no update on a time frame for Pekovic yet, but if the ankle isn't too severely sprained, it may mean missing just a short amount of time. The Timberwolves play Charlotte on Wednesday and Golden State Friday, and after that they have a four-day break before facing Denver on Nov. 21. But if Pekovic is out long-term, the Timberwolves will be in for a rude awakening. He's been the most consistent part of their offense and their most solid player early, and to lose him for more than a few games would be devastating. In better news, both Roy and Barea seem poised to return this week, and they'll be important for depth at the guard spots. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Timberwolves Injury News: Nikola Pekovic Turns Ankle

How in the world are the Minnesota TImberwolves winning?  Last night marked the fourth-straight game in which the team saw a player go down to injury.  Yet, they don't stop winning.  Last night, Nikola Pekovic went down with what appears to be an ankle sprain, but the Wolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-82. According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Pekovic sprained...

Timberwolves' Pekovic leaves with ankle injury

Minnesota starting center Nikola Pekovic has left the Timberwolves' game against Dallas with a sprained left ankle and will not return. Pekovic fell to the ground with 2:46 left in the third quarter Monday night and limped off the floor with the help of team trainers. The 6-foot-11 center scored 20 points before leaving. Already without Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio for the early...

Pekovic helping Montenegro forge NBA history

MINNEAPOLIS Pete Philo is 6-foot-4. To put it simply, Pete Philo is tall. When Pete Philo stands in a crowd, he sticks out. Even among the basketball players he scouts for a living, Pete Philo is hardly undersized. Except when he's in Montenegro. The Timberwolves' director of international scouting has traveled to tiny country wedged between Serbia and the Adriatic Sea...

Timberwolves 90, Mavericks 82

Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points before leaving with an injury and the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-82 Monday night. Because of a rash of injuries, the Timberwolves dressed only 10 players. The 6-foot-11 Pekovic exited with 2:46 left in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn't return. Pekovic went 8 of 13 from the floor. Andrei...

T-wolves Pekovic, Roy, Barea all out vs Bobcats

The banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves aren't getting any reinforcements for their game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Center Nikola Pekovic, shooting guard Brandon Roy and point guard J.J. Barea all were scratched for the game on Wednesday with injuries, leaving the Wolves with just nine healthy players. Pekovic sprained his left ankle against Dallas on Monday night. Roy is...

Mavericks lose to short-handed Timberwolves

DALLAS (AP) -- Nikola Pekovic scored 20 points before leaving with an injury and the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Dallas Mavericks 90-82 Monday night. Because of a rash of injuries, the Timberwolves dressed only 10 players. The 6-foot-11 Pekovic exited with 2:46 left in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and didn't return. Pekovic went 8 of 13 from...

Wolves Wednesday: Pekovic, Roy, Barea out

MINNEAPOLIS And then there were nine. The Timberwolves announced at shootaround Wednesday that, in addition to Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Chase Budinger (all out with long-term injures), Brandon Roy, J.J. Barea and Nikola Pekovic will be unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Bobcats. Barea sprained his left foot last Wednesday night and has not played since. Coach Rick...

Timberwolves need a scorer to step up soon

CHICAGO There are a thousand ways to quantify losing Kevin Love, and early this season, the best measure is 72 to four.Going into Saturday night, Nikola Pekovic was tied for 72nd in the league in points per game. He's the Timberwolves' leading scorer.Last season, with 26.0 points per game, Love was fourth in the league and best on the Timberwovles. Fourth vs. 72nd. It was...

Ailing Timberwolves hold off slumping Mavericks

DALLAS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves began Monday's game without five injured players, and in third quarter, they lost center Nikola Pekovic to a sprained ankle. Shrugging off their latest injury, the Timberwolves rode a balanced effort to a 90-82 win over the sliding Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Five Minnesota players scored in double figures, led by Pekovic...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.