MINNEAPOLIS And then there were nine.
The Timberwolves announced at shootaround Wednesday that, in addition to Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio and Chase Budinger (all out with long-term injures), Brandon Roy, J.J. Barea and Nikola Pekovic will be unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Bobcats.
Barea sprained his left foot last Wednesday night and has not played since. Coach Rick Adelman said he's getting better, and he did a few things on the floor at shootaround. Roy, too, is close, Adelman said, describing the shooting guard as "day-to-day" with his sore right knee. Same thing with Pekovic there's no timetable for his recovery from a sprained left ankle, he was present at shootaround, and he won't be on the court tonight.
"It's a day-to-day situation with all these guys," Adelman said. "I have no idea until tomorrow, (when) we'll find out where they are, and Friday we'll find out where they are. But after Friday, we do have four days, so that's going to help us."
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