Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/10/12
CHICAGO Brandon Roy is sitting out for the Timberwolves Saturday night against the Bulls at the United Center. The sore right knee that took him out of Friday nights 96-94 win is still bothering him, and the team determined it would be best to keep him out another night. Chase Budinger will start in Roys place at shooting guard. Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman did not give a specific time frame for Roys return, and the fact that hes even on the road with the team goes along with Adelmans day-to-day prognosis. "He bumped it a few weeks ago," Adelman said, referring to soreness that lingered after the teams final preseason game Oct. 26. "It was the same knee. I dont know. A guy thats had the knee problems hes had, or anybody whos had knee problems, youre going to have things where you step back a little bit. Im not going to be overly concerned right now. I think we just have to take it day by day." Adelman said before Saturdays game that he went into the season with the expectation that a situation like this might arise, and he called the soreness a "minor setback." In addition, he pointed out that the expectations with Roy had changed immensely since he signed in July. Back then, the team expected to have Ricky Rubio on the floor eventually and Kevin Love immediately, but with both out, the shooting guard has had to take on more than he otherwise would have. That expanded role is not necessarily a cause for the soreness, but its altered the repercussions of him missing a few games, which the team imagined would not be such a strain. "I think youve got to give it some time, and he has to have some patience," Adelman said. "So far, hes been terrific. He hasnt forced anything. Hes led us in assists two or three games. If hes productive, thats all we want right now." With Roy out and Budinger in the starting lineup, the Timberwolves second unit will miss one of its key cogs. Budinger led the team in scoring with 18 points on Friday, and hes averaging 12.4 points and 3.6 rebounds on the season playing mostly as the backup small forward. Fortunately, though, Adelmans team affords him a level of flexibility when it comes to Budinger getting some time with the second unit. He can substitute Alexey Shved in for Budinger earlier and then put Budinger back in as small forward Andrei Kirilenkos backup. Missing Roy will likely not be a large blow to the teams scoring or defense; hes averaged just 5.8 points per game so far. However, he has led the Timberwolves in assists early this season, with 4.6 per game. Without Roy as a facilitator and with J.J. Barea (4.3 assists per game) out as well, the Timberwolves offense will need to find its rhythm from a different source. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Celtics legend Paul Pierce prepares for what ‘could be’ his last game in Boston

Free-agent WR Josh Morgan accidentally shot himself, charged with crime

Jon Beason retires after nine NFL seasons

Brewers Association sends Peyton Manning case of craft beer

Report: Police recommend charges against LeSean McCoy

Heat interested in Kings’ 3-point specialist Omri Casspi

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rick Pitino thinks Louisville should be fined $10 million for scandal

Browns LB Armonty Bryant indicted on felony drug charge

Report: Danny Ainge 'excited' at chance to add Al Horford

Pat Haden collapsed on USC campus

Colts on Andrew Luck contract: ‘It’s going to be a shocking number’

GW basketball coach kicked out of daughter’s HS game

Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson used to soak his ankles in urine

Why Tom Thibodeau needs to be in New York

Defensemen in high demand as NHL trade deadline looms

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Security guard indicted for assaulting University of Houston football fan

The LeBron-Kobe rivalry and Finals matchup that never was

Mario Williams recognizes Bills may release him

Terrell Owens says Cris Carter 'begged his way' into HOF

QUIZ: Name every WWE Heavyweight Champion

Three NHL players who can cement their legacies like Peyton Manning

Top 11 story lines for the 2016 NFL offseason

Vince Carter: I’ll know when, but I’m not ready to retire

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker