MINNEAPOLIS The latest on Nikola Pekovic's pain: It isn't special.
Talking to Pekovic when he's rolling with his dry humor can be a blast. So, too, can talking to him post-injury, apparently, when his musings on pain seem like they might form the backbone of some advanced Jedi philosophy.
On Sunday, the line was this: "I feel some pain, but nothing special." And then a shrug. That after participating in a full practice, his first full workout since spraining his left ankle on Monday in Dallas. Even by Friday, Pekovic seemed hopeful to be able to play, and now that he's missed two full games, he's getting a bit impatient to get back on the court.
"It's bad to see how they play these close games, and you can't help," he said. "It's bad for me."
Pekovic was the only one of the three Timberwolves with shorter-term injuries to participate fully Sunday. J.J. Barea (sprained left foot) and Brandon Roy (sore right knee) remained limited, and Rick Adelman said he has no idea if they'll ...