Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/29/13
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 off the bench, and you know what Pek means. You don't have those two guys, and suddenly you don't really have the inside game you have before. The other team can prepare a lot better for you." The coach admitted that he's barely thought about his rotations since returning to the team Monday, but he made it sound like Shved might not be locked into either spot, in the starting lineup or the bench. It might just depend on matchups and size, as starting Rubio and Luke Ridnour together, despite their chemistry and ability to play off each other, has the disadvantage of their small size. Adelman also said that he likes Shved off the bench because he's been so effective playing alongside J.J. Barea. With the shooting guard and center both healthy for the first time in two weeks and the two 10-day contracts re-signed, the Timberwolves should have 12 healthy players on Wednesday, the most they've had since before Kevin Love's second hand injury. The downside of the homestand: Much has been made of the timing of Adelman's return, which coincided with the beginning of the Timberwolves' six-game homestand. Sitting at seven games below .500, 17-24, Minnesota needs to win a healthy chunk of these games if it wants to get back on track, and though it's easy to equate home games with easier wins, that might not hold. Through Monday, the Timberwolves' six upcoming opponents have a combined 152-115 record and include winning teams in the Knicks, Spurs and Clippers. There's also the Trail Blazers, a consistent .500 team, the resurgent Hornets and the Lakers, who seem to have their business slightly more in line than they did last week, and so none of it will be easy. "We can certainly win these games, but the Clippers are obviously a very good team, and of course the Lakers are now getting on a roll," Adelman said. "I'm glad they gave us them, what, four times, at the end of the year. Could have played them a month ago. Then you've got San Antonio coming in, and Portland. New Orleans just won a big game. But our team's no different than these other teams." Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

WATCH: John Calipari loses his mind, gets ejected

Former Clemson star Tajh Boyd to speak at John Kasich rally

Peyton Manning's alleged not-so-wholesome image

Hawks not shopping Al Horford at NBA trade deadline

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

Watch rare footage of Stephen Curry from 2001-02 emerges

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

Texas signee glad he didn’t pick Texas A&M after alleged racism

Dallas Stars have passed the early tests in February

Could Matt Forte become the revival for Patriots run game?

Are the Celtics legimate contenders in the East?

WATCH: Jabari Parker is no joke at NBA Rising Stars Challenge

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

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

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