MINNEAPOLIS Coach Rick Adelman expects Nikola Pekovic and Alexey Shved to play Wednesday against the Clippers.
Pekovic, who's suffered from a right quad contusion, and Shved, who had a sprained left ankle, both left the Timberwolves' Jan. 17 game against the Clippers with their respective injuries. Neither has played since.
Getting the two back will bring energy to the team, and it should also allow for a bit more variety in lineups, which will help the shorthanded group. Adelman said that Pekovic will start (no surprise), but that he's uncertain about Shved, whom he was hesitant to insert into the starting five until Malcolm Lee's season-ending injury forced him to do so earlier in the season. With point guard Ricky Rubio starting now, the coach's options when it comes to the Russian rookie have increased.
"Losing Pek and Alexey like that, those are two guys who are really important," Adelman said. "Alexey's really been a catalyst for us o...