Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/6/14
MINNEAPOLIS As expected, neither Nikola Pekovic nor Andrei Kirilenko will play on Monday against Miami. Pekovic suffered an abdominal strain in the first quarter of Thursday's game in Los Angeles, Kirilenko a calf strain two nights before in Phoenix. Pekovic underwent an MRI, which coach Rick Adelman said did not reveal anything further. Both he and Kirilenko will be monitored throughout the week, and Adelman was leery to say he'd expect either to take the court this week. The Timberwolves play against Washington at home Wednesday, in Denver on Saturday, and back home against Dallas Sunday. Adelman will start Mickael Gelabale in Kirilenko's place and Greg Stiemsma in Pekovic's, just as he did in Portland. Doing so rather than inserting Dante Cunningham into the starting five, as he did against the Lakers, gives the Timberwolves more flexibility of the bench. (And yes, you read that right: A player who began the season playing in France and was on a 10-day contract in January will...
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