Nikola Pekovic

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4/2/2015 3:31 PM
Out for season Right Achilles surgery Open link
The Timberwolves announced Thursday that Pekovic will undergo debridement surgery on his right Achilles tendon next week to remove damaged tissue and repair the tendon. He's dealt with soreness in his ankle and Achilles for much of the season, limiting him to 31 games after also dealing with ankle problems last season. His expected timeline for a recovery is five-to-six months, although there are real concerns about Pekovic's ability to completely recover and stay healthy. "We’ve got to do something," said coach Flip Saunders. "We’re not just going to sit there. We tried different ways to let it heal, trying to be as proactive as we can. We have to re-evaluate what we do with him. He’s constantly seeing doctors the last three weeks. We’ll see where it takes us." Justin Hamilton and Gorgui Dieng (out, concussion) will handle the minutes at center moving forward in Pekovic's absence.
3/30/2015 5:52 PM
Out for season Right ankle soreness Open link
Coach Flip Saunders said Pekovic will be out for the remainder of the season due to continued soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Given the Wolves' place in the standings and the fact that they have incentive to keep Pekovic healthy long-term with three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this year, shutting him down makes all sorts of sense. Monday will mark his 10th straight missed game due to lingering issues with his ankle, which he aggravated during a March 11 loss. Justin Hamilton and Gorgui Dieng (out, concussion) will handle the minutes at center moving forward in Pekovic's absence.
3/28/2015 5:10 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out in advance of Sunday's contest vs. the Pelicans. Coach Flip Saunders had said back on March 19 that he will be out for a while, though Saunders wouldn't say that means he's done for the season. Given the team's place in the standings and the fact that they have incentive to keep Pekovic healthy with three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this season, it makes all sorts of sense to shut him down. Sunday will mark his ninth straight missed game as he continues to deal with lingering pain and soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of a March 11 loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all year and it remains a major concern that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Gorgui Dieng and Justin Hamilton will continue to see extended run at center for however long Pekovic remains out.
3/26/2015 3:41 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out in advance of Friday's contest vs. the Rockets. Coach Flip Saunders had said last Thursday that he will be out for a while, though Saunders wouldn't say that means he's done for the season. Given the team's place in the standings and the fact that they have incentive to keep Pekovic healthy with three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this season, it makes all sorts of sense to shut him down. Friday would mark his eight straight missed game as he continues to deal with lingering pain and soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of a March 11 loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all year and it remains a major concern that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Gorgui Dieng and Justin Hamilton will continue to see extended run at center for however long Pekovic remains out.
3/25/2015 1:01 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Wednesday's contest vs. the Lakers, as expected. Coach Flip Saunders had said last Thursday that he will be out for a while, though Saunders wouldn't say that means he's done for the season. Given the team's place in the standings and the fact that they have incentive to keep Pekovic healthy with three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this season, it makes all sorts of sense to shut him down. Monday would mark his seventh straight missed game as he continues to deal with lingering pain and soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of a March 11 loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all year and it remains a major concern that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Gorgui Dieng and Justin Hamilton (migraine) will continue to see extended run at center for however long Pekovic remains out.
3/23/2015 1:23 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Monday's contest vs. the Jazz, as expected. Coach Flip Saunders had said on Thursday that he will be out for a while, though Saunders wouldn't say that means he's done for the season. Given the team's place in the standings and the fact that they have incentive to keep Pekovic healthy with three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this season, it makes all sorts of sense to shut him down. Monday would mark his seventh straight missed game as he continues to deal with lingering pain and soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of a March 11 loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all year and it remains a major concern that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Gorgui Dieng and Justin Hamilton will continue to see extended run at center for however long Pekovic remains out.
3/23/2015 10:36 AM
Doubtful Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is listed as questionable for Monday's contest vs. the Jazz, though it appears unlikely that he'll be able to play after sitting out of the first leg of the Wolves' back-to-back on Sunday. Coach Flip Saunders had said on Thursday that he will be out for a while, though Saunders wouldn't say that means he's done for the season. Given the team's place in the standings and the fact that they have incentive to keep Pekovic healthy with three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this season, it makes all sorts of sense to shut him down. Monday would mark his seventh straight missed game as he continues to deal with lingering pain and soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of a March 11 loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all year and it remains a major concern that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Gorgui Dieng and Justin Hamilton will continue to see extended run at center for however long Pekovic remains out.
3/22/2015 4:58 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Hornets, as expected. Coach Flip Saunders had said on Thursday that he will be out for a while, though Saunders wouldn't say that means he's done for the season. Given the Wolves' place in the standings and the fact that the team has incentive to keep Pekovic healthy given he has three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this season, it makes all sorts of sense for the team to shut him down. Sunday will mark his sixth straight missed game as he continues to deal with lingering pain and soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of a March 11 loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all year and it remains a major concern that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Gorgui Dieng and Justin Hamilton will continue to see extended run at center for however long Pekovic remains out.
3/19/2015 5:39 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Coach Flip Saunders said Pekovic will be out for a while, though he wouldn't say that means he's done for the season. Given the Wolves' place in the standings and the fact that the team has incentive to keep him healthy given he has three years and $35.8 million left on his contract beyond this season, it makes all sorts of sense for the team to shut him down. Thursday will mark Pekovic's fifth straight missed game as he continues to deal with lingering pain and soreness in his troublesome right ankle. He aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of a March 11 loss and was unable to return as a result. Pekovic has had issues with that same ankle all year and it remains a major concern that will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future. Gorgui Dieng and Justin Hamilton will continue to see extended run at center for however long he remains out.
3/19/2015 5:12 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Thursday's contest vs. the Knicks. He has sat out of the past four games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. Gorgui Dieng and Adreian Payne will continue to see heavy run at center with Pekovic ruled out again.
3/19/2015 1:24 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is listed as questionable for Thursday's contest vs. the Knicks. He has sat out of the past four games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. Justin Hamilton and Gorgui Dieng would continue to see heavy run at center should Pekovic be ruled out again.
3/18/2015 6:01 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Wednesday's contest vs. the Raptors, as expected. He has sat out of the past three games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. Adreian Payne and Gorgui Dieng will see heavy run in Pekovic's place on Wednesday with Justin Hamilton (illness) and Kevin Garnett (knee) also out.
3/18/2015 11:40 AM
Doubtful Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic remains officially questionable for Wednesday's contest vs. the Raptors, though it appears unlikely that he'll play. He has sat out of the past three games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. We'll continue to update Pekovic's status as needed, and it would be Justin Hamilton, Adreian Payne, and Gorgui Dieng continuing to see additional run if he has to miss further time.
3/17/2015 12:21 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is considered questionable in advance of Wednesday's contest vs. the Raptors. He has sat out of the past three games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. We'll continue to update Pekovic's status as needed, and it would be Justin Hamilton, Adreian Payne, and Gorgui Dieng continuing to see additional run if he has to miss further time.
3/16/2015 6:38 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Monday's contest vs. the Nets, as expected. He has missed the past two games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. Justin Hamilton will get another start at center on Monday in Pekovic's place, with Gorgui Dieng seeing additional run as well.
3/16/2015 5:48 PM
Doubtful Right ankle soreness Open link
Coach Flip Saunders said Pekovic is unlikely to play on Monday vs. the Nets. He has missed the past two games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. Justin Hamilton will get another start at center on Monday with Pekovic unlikely to play, with Gorgui Dieng seeing additional run as well.
3/16/2015 10:44 AM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is considered questionable for Monday's contest vs. the Nets. He has missed the past two games due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle, and his status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic aggravated his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss and was unable to return as a result. He has had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. Justin Hamilton would get another start at center should Pekovic have to miss further time, with Gorgui Dieng seeing additional run as well.
3/15/2015 5:38 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for a second straight game on Sunday vs. the Spurs due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle. His status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic had to sit out on Friday as well after aggravating his ankle injury during the first half of Wednesday's loss. He's had issues with that same ankle all season long and it remains a major concern that will likely force him to miss additional time. Justin Hamilton will get the start at center in Pekovic's place, with Gorgui Dieng seeing additional run as well.
3/14/2015 4:19 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is listed as questionable in advance of Sunday's game vs. the Spurs. He was ruled out on Friday due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle. Pekovic's status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. He had to sit out of the second half of Wednesday's loss after aggravating his ankle injury, which has given him problems all season long. Gorgui Dieng would get another start at center if Pekovic has to miss more time, with Justin Hamilton seeing additional run off the bench as well.
3/13/2015 6:17 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Thunder, as expected, due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle. His status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic had to sit out of the second half of Wednesday's loss after aggravating his ankle injury, which has given him problems all season long. Gorgui Dieng will get the start on Friday in his absence, with Justin Hamilton seeing additional run off the bench as well.
3/13/2015 6:07 PM
Doubtful Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic said he doesn't expect to play on Friday vs. the Thunder due to lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle. His status moving forward will continue to be determined on a day-to-day basis depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic had to sit out of the second half of Wednesday's loss after aggravating his ankle injury, which has given him problems all season long. Gorgui Dieng will get the start on Friday in his likely absence, with Justin Hamilton seeing additional run off the bench as well.
3/13/2015 12:08 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic will be a game-time decision for Friday's contest vs. the Thunder as he continues to deal with soreness in his troublesome right ankle. This is what we should expect moving forward, with his status continuing to be day-to-day depending on how much pain he is feeling. Pekovic had to sit out of the second half of Wednesday's loss after aggravating his ankle injury. We'll continue to update his status as needed, and it would be Gorgui Dieng seeing heavy run at center on Friday if he has to miss further time.
3/11/2015 10:28 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic won't return for the second half of Wednesday's game due to more soreness in his troublesome right ankle. The report is that coach Flip Saunders is holding him out for precautionary reasons, but this was and continues to be an ongoing issue, and he was also held out of a game on March 2 due to soreness. Gorgui Dieng will see heavy run at center in Pekovic's absence on Wednesday and when he's required to miss additional time going forward.
3/7/2015 6:01 PM
Active Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic will play on Saturday vs. the Blazers, as expected, despite continuing to deal with lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle. He returned to the lineup on a minutes restriction Wednesday after a one-game absence. This continues to be a major concern, as Pekovic was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness and pain in that same ankle. It's likely he'll remain on a restriction for the near future, which will open up additional minutes at center for Gorgui Dieng.
3/6/2015 3:41 PM
Probable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is listed as probable in advance of Saturday's game vs. the Blazers as he continues to deal with lingering soreness in his troublesome right ankle. He returned to the lineup on a minutes restriction Wednesday after a one-game absence. This continues to be a major concern, as Pekovic was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness and pain in that same ankle. It's likely he'll remain on a restriction for the near future, which will open up additional minutes at center for Gorgui Dieng.
3/4/2015 5:46 PM
Active Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic will play on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets on a minutes restriction despite lingering soreness in his right ankle. He played just 92 seconds during the second half of Saturday's loss as he was laboring early on and was in too much pain due to his troublesome ankle to keep going. This continues to be a major concern, as Pekovic was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness in that same ankle. His presence will significantly cut into the minutes of Gorgui Dieng in the frontcourt.
3/4/2015 11:31 AM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic said he will try to play on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets despite lingering soreness in his right ankle. That may be optimistic as he added that he'll warm up first then consult the training staff before making a determination on his status. We're considering Pekovic questionable for now. He played just 92 seconds during the second half of Saturday's loss as he was laboring early on and was in too much pain due to his troublesome ankle to keep going. This continues to be a major concern, as Pekovic was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness in that same ankle. His presence would significantly cut into the minutes of Gorgui Dieng in the frontcourt.
3/3/2015 12:58 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is officially listed as questionable in advance of Wednesday's contest vs. the Nuggets. He reportedly really wants to give it a go, though that remains to be seen as he continues to deal with lingering soreness in his right ankle. Pekovic played just 92 seconds during the second half of Saturday's loss as he was laboring early on and was in too much pain due to his troublesome ankle to keep going. This continues to be a major concern, as he was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness in that same ankle. Gorgui Dieng would continue to handle the majority of the minutes at center should Pekovic have to miss more time.
3/2/2015 5:50 PM
Out Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been ruled out for Monday's contest vs. the Clippers as he continues to deal with lingering soreness in his right ankle. He played just 92 seconds during the second half of Saturday's loss as he was laboring early on and was in too much pain due to his troublesome ankle to keep going. This continues to be a major concern, as Pekovic was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness in that same ankle. Gorgui Dieng will handle the majority of the minutes at center for however long he remains sidelined.
3/2/2015 12:02 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic did not participate in morning shootaround and will be a game-time decision for Monday's contest vs. the Clippers. He's still dealing with soreness in his right ankle and will attempt to go through pregame warmups before making a determination of his status. Pekovic played just 92 seconds during the second half of Saturday's loss as he was laboring early on and was in too much pain due to his troublesome ankle to continue. This continues to be a major concern, as he was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness in that same ankle. Gorgui Dieng would handle the majority of the minutes at center if Pekovic is declared out on Monday.
2/28/2015 11:22 PM
Doubtful Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic played just 92 seconds during the second half of Saturday's loss as he was laboring early on and was in too much pain due to his troublesome right ankle to continue. This continues to be a major concern, as he was sidelined for just over two months earlier in the season due to soreness in that same ankle. Pekovic will be evaluated Monday, after which we should get a better idea of what the team's course of action will be. It's almost certain that he'll have to take some more time off for the pain and discomfort to subside though, and we're considering him doubtful for now in advance of Monday's game vs. the Clippers. Gorgui Dieng would handle the majority of the minutes at center for however long Pekovic is sidelined.
2/9/2015 5:55 PM
Active Back-to-back Open link
Pekovic will be active and in the starting lineup vs. the Hawks. There was some question of his status, with coach Flip Saunders saying late last week that he could be held out of one of the Wolves' back-to-back games, but he'll be back in the lineup after playing 33 minutes on Sunday. He'll continue to start at center, with Gorgui Dieng playing a more limited role off the bench.
2/9/2015 11:07 AM
Questionable Back-to-back Open link
Coach Flip Saunders had said late last week that Pekovic could be held out for one of the Wolves' back-to-back games, so this puts his status for Monday's game vs. the Hawks into some question after he played 33 minutes on Sunday. There are some mixed reports, however, with a beat writer suggesting that Pekovic will be available on Monday, and the team has yet to give any official indication of his status. We'll consider him questionable for now and look for further updates, with Gorgui Dieng to see heavy run at center should he end up being held out.
2/8/2015 3:46 PM
Active Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic will be active and in the starting lineup for Sunday's contest vs. the Pistons. Coach Flip Saunders had said earlier that he could be held out for one of the Wolves' upcoming back-to-back games, so this puts his status for Monday into some question. Saunders and the team will continue to take extra precautions as Pekovic works his way back from soreness in his troublesome right ankle that sidelined him for two months. We'll consider him questionable ahead of Monday, with Gorgui Dieng to see heavy run at center should he end up being held out.
2/7/2015 1:51 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Coach Flip Saunders said Pekovic could be held for one of the Wolves' upcoming back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday. This is just Saunders and the team taking extra precautions as Pekovic works his way back from soreness in his troublesome right ankle that sidelined him for two months. Star Tribune reporter Jerry Zgoda is speculating that Pekovic will play on Sunday vs. the Pistons and be held out Monday vs. the Hawks, though that hasn't been confirmed yet. Gorgui Dieng would see heavy run at center for whichever leg of the back-to-back he ends up being held out for.
2/4/2015 12:39 PM
Active Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic said he is still dealing with soreness in his troublesome right ankle after games sometimes, and expects to deal with it the rest of the season. This doesn't have any immediate implications for his status on Wednesday vs. the Heat, but doesn't exactly bode well for his chances of staying healthy. Coach Flip Saunders said he's also considering holding Pekovic out on the second leg of back-to-backs moving forward, with the hope of keeping his ankle fresh. Whether Pekovic continues to play the rest of the way will mostly come down to a matter of pain tolerance. He missed 28 of the final 38 games last season due to bursitis in that right ankle, and his extended time off didn't resolve any of the underlying issues. We'll continue to monitor Pekovic's ankle moving forward and update his status as needed.
1/21/2015 5:49 PM
Active Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic will return to the lineup for Wednesday's contest vs. the Mavs. He will come off the bench and is expected to play between 15-20 minutes. Pekovic has been sidelined since mid-November due to continued soreness in his right ankle, and will be eased in initially given his extended layoff and the fact that he is not yet in game shape. He said he still has pain in his ankle, but that it's tolerable. Pekovic's return will push Miroslav Raduljica back out of the rotation and take a few minutes from Gorgui Dieng as well.
1/20/2015 2:30 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is listed as questionable in advance of Wednesday's game vs. the Mavs. Coach Flip Saunders said he is unsure if Pekovic will play, and will wait to make a decision based on how he feels in the morning. Pekovic added, "It'll be coaches' decision. Still pain but it's tolerable." Pekovic has been out since mid-November due to continued soreness in his right ankle, and will be eased in initially given his extended layoff and the fact that he is not yet in game shape. His return will push Miroslav Raduljica back out of the rotation and will take a few minutes from Gorgui Dieng as well.
1/18/2015 1:56 PM
Doubtful Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic is listed as doubtful in advance of Monday's game vs. the Hornets. He has been making progress in his recovery and is no longer having pain in his troublesome right ankle, but coach Flip Saunders said that his biggest issue now is conditioning. Saunders had also expressed a desire for Pekovic to go the D-League for a rehab stint, but it's unclear whether or not that is still being considered as an option at this point. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start and play big minutes at center in Pekovic's place until he is deemed fit to return to the Wolves' active roster.
1/15/2015 3:28 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has been making progress in his recovery and is no longer having pain in his troublesome right ankle, but coach Flip Saunders said his biggest issue now is conditioning. Saunders has expressed a desire for Pekovic to go the D-League for a rehab stint, but the D-Leagues current Showcase may mean the timing won't work out for him to go down and see 22-24 minutes a game. Either way it appears highly improbable that Pekovic will play on Friday and Saturday, and he should be considered highly questionable for Monday as well. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in his place and play big minutes until that time comes, which likely won't be for another week while he gets into game shape.
1/12/2015 1:30 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic was a full participant in Monday's practice. Coach Flip Saunders said on Friday that there's a chance that Pekovic could play by this weekend, though he added that Pekovic may require a stint in the D-League when he gets ready. An MRI on Pekovic's right ankle came back clean on Wednesday, and he's been ramping up his activity since. Saunders added that he'll wait until Pekovic tells him he's ready to play before giving him the green light. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes until that time comes, which likely won't be for at least another week as he still needs to get his conditioning back up.
1/9/2015 6:50 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Coach Flip Saunders said there's a chance that Pekovic could play by next weekend, though he said there's a good chance that Pekovic will have to go to the D-League to play some games when he is ready. An MRI on Pekovic's right ankle came back clean on Wednesday and he was able to participate in some light contact during workouts. Saunders added that he'll wait until Pekovic tells him he's ready to play before giving him the green light. It still appears that we won't see him back on the court any time before late January at the earliest, and that's assuming he has no setbacks between now and then. We'll post updates as information becomes available, and Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for at least as long as he remains sidelined.
1/7/2015 7:37 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
An MRI on Pekovic's right ankle came back clean, according to coach Flip Saunders, and he was able to participate in some light contact during workouts on Wednesday. Saunders added that he'll wait until Pekovic tells him he's ready to play before giving him the green light. Saunders said previously that Pekovic would eventually need at least two weeks of practice time before he might be cleared for game action, and that he'll likely will go to the D-League to play some games when he is ready. It still appears that we won't see him back on the court any time before late January at the earliest, and that's assuming he has no setbacks between now and then. We'll post updates as information becomes available, and Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for at least as long as he remains sidelined.
1/1/2015 4:10 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic was a light participant in the Timberwolves' Thursday practice, taking part in some walk-through and shooting drills. Pekovic is scheduled to undergo an MRI of his troublesome right ankle next week, with the hope being that he'll be cleared for running on his own weight, as he's been limited to an anti-gravity treadmill to this point. Saunders said previously that Pekovic would eventually need at least two weeks of practice time before he might be cleared for game action, and that he'll likely will go to the D-League to play some games when he is ready. It's looking like we won't see Pekovic back on the court any time before late January at this point, and that's assuming he has no setbacks between now and then. We'll continue to post updates as information becomes available, and Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for at least as long as he remains sidelined.
12/30/2014 8:50 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic continues to gradually increase his activity levels, and coach Flip Saunders said Tuesday that he's progressed to some shooting work. Pekovic is scheduled to have MRI's done on his wrist and ankle/foot when the team returns home from their current road trip on Wednesday, with the hope being that he'll be cleared for running on his own weight, as he's been limited to an anti-gravity treadmill to this point. Saunders said previously that Pekovic would eventually need at least two weeks of practice time before he might be cleared for game action, and that he'll likely will go to the D-League to play some games when he is ready. It's looking like we won't see Pekovic back on the court before late January at this point, and that's assuming he has no setbacks between now and then. We'll continue to post updates as information becomes available, and Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for as long as he remains sidelined.
12/26/2014 8:21 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic has started running on an anti-gravity treadmill at 50 or 60 percent and will have MRI's done on his wrist and ankle/foot when the team returns home from their current road trip, which ends on Tuesday. Coach Flip Saunders said Pekovic likely will go to the D-League to play some games when he is ready. Pekovic is over two weeks removed from having to shut down his running program after his troublesome ankle flared up, and it's still expected to be mid-January before we see him back on the court (at the earliest). Saunders previously called his timeline "fluid," and added that he'd eventually need at least two weeks of practice time before he might be cleared for game action. Saunders also said that the team is shifting from a "retool" mindset to that of a "rebuild," given the injuries to Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, and Kevin Martin. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for as long as he remains sidelined.
12/19/2014 7:18 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic said Friday that he hopes to resume running again to some extent on Saturday. He's now 10 days removed from having to shut down his running program after his troublesome ankle flared up. This update doesn't necessarily change his timeline, and it's still expected to be mid-January before we see him back on the court, at the earliest. Coach Flip Saunders previously called him timeline "fluid," and we'll have to see how he reacts to the increased activity in the coming days and weeks. Saunders added that he'd eventually need at least two weeks of practice time before he might be cleared for game action, and he didn't rule out a stint in the D-League as part of his rehabilitation. Saunders also said that the team is shifting from a "retool" mindset to that of a "rebuild," given the long timelines for recovery for Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, and Kevin Martin. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for as long as he remains sidelined, and his full-season prospects improved dramatically with the first reports that Pekovic was already dealing with substantial health issues.
12/9/2014 2:11 PM
Injured Right ankle soreness Open link
Coach Flip Saunders said Tuesday that Pekovic's ankle flared up while he attempted to run on a treadmill, and after talking with team doctors, said it could be mid-January until he returns. Saunders called him timeline "fluid," but what we do know is that Pekovic is not close, and continued issues with his ankle after what is already approaching a three-week layoff is a huge red flag. Saunders said it might be another two weeks before he practices, and then another two weeks before he'd be cleared for game action, and he didn't rule out a stint in the D-League as part of his rehabilitation. Saunders also said that the team is shifting from a "retool" mindset to that of a "rebuild," given the long timelines for recovery for Pekovic, Ricky Rubio, and Kevin Martin. Gorgui Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for as long as he remains sidelined, and his full-season prospects improved dramatically with the first reports that Pekovic was already dealing with substantial health issues. Backup center Ronny Turiaf (hip) also remains sidelined, and the team recently brought Jeff Adrien in for frontcourt depth via a roster exception.
12/1/2014 10:50 AM
Injured Sprained wrist Open link
Coach Flip Saunders acknowledged Sunday that the team's recent signing of Jeff Adrien via a roster exemption means that Pekovic won't be back in the lineup for at least another 10-14 days. He has missed the past six games because of a sprained wrist and lingering issues in his problematic right ankle. Pekovic will be evaluated again this coming week. “As much as he has been out, he’ll need time to get healthy,” Saunders said. “It won’t be all of a sudden that he’s ready to play in games. He’s going to have to go through a week or so of conditioning.” This sounds like it could easily extend beyond just the two weeks as the team has no urge to rush him back and cut into Gorgui Dieng's development. Dieng will continue to start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for as long as he remains sidelined, and his full-season prospects improved dramatically with Pekovic already dealing with substantial health issues. Backup center Ronny Turiaf (hip) also remains sidelined.
11/28/2014 2:20 PM
Injured Sprained wrist Open link
Pekovic has been declared out once again on Friday due to a sprained wrist and lingering right ankle soreness. Coach Flip Saunders said that he'll be re-evaluated next week, at which time the hope is that he'll be cleared to return to practice. Saunders added that he'd then likely need a full week of practice before he'd be cleared for games, which means we're looking at roughly another 10 days in a best-case scenario. Gorgui Dieng will start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for as long as he remains sidelined, and his full-season prospects improved dramatically with Pekovic already dealing with substantial health issues. Backup center Ronny Turiaf (hip) is also schedule to be re-evaluated next week.
11/26/2014 12:35 PM
Out Sprained wrist Open link
Pekovic will remain out of the lineup on Wednesday due to a sprained wrist and lingering right ankle soreness. He remains without a definitive return date, and will continue to be "day-to-day" until he can regain some semblance of full health. Gorgui Dieng will start in Pekovic's place and play big minutes for as long as he remains sidelined, and his full-season prospects improved dramatically with the news that Pekovic is already dealing with soreness in a troublesome right ankle that caused him to sit out the final 28 of 38 games last season. Backup center Ronny Turiaf (hip) also remains out Wednesday.
11/19/2014 12:48 PM
Injured Sprained wrist Open link
Coach Flip Saunders announced Tuesday that Pekovic is expected to be out "until next week" with a sprained wrist. That rules him out through at least the team's Friday/Saturday back-to-back, with a possible return coming on Nov. 26. He'll be re-evaluated early next week, and Pekovic said he expects to be cleared to return to practice at that time, although he added that "you never know what doctor is going to say." The silver lining here may be that Pekovic will get some extra time to rest his problematic right ankle, which kept him out of the second half of Wednesday's contest and dates back to the second half of last season. Gorgui Dieng will step into the starting lineup in Pekovic's place for as long as he remains sidelined, and his full-season prospects improved dramatically with the news that Pek is already dealing with ankle issues.
11/18/2014 1:57 PM
Injured Sprained wrist Open link
Coach Flip Saunders announced Tuesday that Pekovic is expected to be out "until next week" with a sprained wrist. That rules him out for at least the next three games, with a possible return coming on Nov. 26. Saunders said he suffered the wrist injury during Saturday's loss. The silver lining here may be that Pekovic will get some extra time to rest his problematic right ankle, which kept him out of the second half of Wednesday's contest and dates back to the second half of last season. Gorgui Dieng will step into the starting lineup in Pekovic's place for as long as he remains sidelined, and his full-season prospects improved dramatically with the news that Pek is already dealing with ankle issues.
11/15/2014 10:27 PM
Questionable Right ankle soreness Open link
Pekovic did not play at all in the second half of Saturday's loss, and said afterwards that he is having soreness in the same problematic right ankle that bothered him last year. Pekovic said his ankle started to hurt during Wednesday's game, and has kept getting worse. It was the reason why he played just 19 minutes on Friday as well. Pekovic said he tried to go on Saturday, but the pain was just too much. "Tonight I tried, but I just couldn’t go," he said. "I was feeling really bad." Pek has had ongoing issues with that right ankle for some time now, sitting out the final 28 of 38 games last season due to bursitis. He limited his workouts over the off-season in the hope of putting his ankle problems behind him, but it obviously hasn't worked. We’ll see how Pek feels after a few days of rest and treatment, but we're considering him questionable ahead of Wednesday's contest. Gorgui Dieng would be the main beneficiary should he be forced to miss any time.
Per Game
RankValueNameTeamgm/gp/g3/gr/ga/gs/gb/gfg%fga/gft%fta/gto/gpV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
255-0.83Projection 14-15MINSubscribe now to view 2014-15 Projection.
RankValueNameTeamgm/gp/g3/gr/ga/gs/gb/gfg%fga/gft%fta/gto/gpV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
148-0.29NBA 14-15MIN3126.312.50.07.50.90.60.4.42410.6.8374.21.4-0.35-1.190.75-0.97-0.91-0.48-0.750.710.55
248-0.51Last 2 MonthsMIN924.39.90.08.40.60.80.4.35510.3.7933.21.6-0.90-1.191.11-1.12-0.52-0.39-2.020.170.28
165-0.31Last 3 MonthsMIN2226.112.70.07.31.00.60.5.42410.8.8194.31.4-0.30-1.190.66-0.93-0.96-0.37-0.750.530.54
RankValueNameTeamgm/gp/g3/gr/ga/gs/gb/gfg%fga/gft%fta/gto/gpV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
68-0.02NBA 13-14MIN5430.817.50.08.70.90.60.4.54113.0.7474.61.60.62-1.261.16-1.00-1.06-0.381.72-0.400.42
66-0.01NBA 12-13MIN6231.616.30.08.80.90.70.8.51912.0.7445.21.60.55-1.141.33-1.08-0.830.251.28-0.760.34
97-0.11NBA 11-12MIN4726.913.90.07.40.70.60.7.5649.7.7434.01.90.03-1.190.76-1.13-0.970.011.89-0.36-0.02
325-0.70NBA 10-11MIN6513.65.50.03.00.40.30.5.5174.0.7631.81.4-1.82-1.18-1.00-1.17-1.74-0.240.40-0.100.57
Per 36
RankValueNameTeamgm/gp/363/36r/36a/36s/36b/36fg%fga/36ft%fta/36to/36pV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
DNQ-1.02Projection 14-15MINSubscribe now to view 2014-15 Projection.
RankValueNameTeamgm/gp/363/36r/36a/36s/36b/36fg%fga/36ft%fta/36to/36pV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
168-0.23NBA 14-15MIN3126.317.00.010.31.20.80.5.42414.5.8375.71.9-0.07-1.140.94-0.94-0.78-0.36-0.610.680.24
248-0.39Last 2 MonthsMIN924.314.60.012.50.81.20.7.35515.3.7934.82.3-0.62-1.141.58-1.09-0.21-0.27-1.600.15-0.30
173-0.24Last 3 MonthsMIN2226.117.50.010.11.30.80.6.42414.9.8195.91.90.03-1.140.86-0.89-0.83-0.29-0.620.490.21
RankValueNameTeamgm/gp/363/36r/36a/36s/36b/36fg%fga/36ft%fta/36to/36pV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
55-0.03NBA 13-14MIN5430.820.40.010.11.10.60.5.54115.1.7475.41.80.88-1.090.94-1.00-0.86-0.561.41-0.350.39
145-0.18NBA 12-13MIN6231.618.60.010.01.00.80.9.51913.6.7446.01.90.60-1.250.44-1.21-1.110.081.10-0.730.42
93-0.09NBA 11-12MIN4726.918.50.09.90.90.80.9.56412.9.7435.32.50.67-1.050.89-1.06-0.80-0.171.80-0.55-0.51
DNQ-0.44NBA 10-11MIN6513.614.60.07.81.10.71.4.51710.7.7634.63.7-0.38-1.030.32-0.93-0.750.670.78-0.09-2.57
Totals
RankValueNameTeamgminpts3rebaststlblkfg%fgaft%ftatopV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
255-0.83Projection 14-15MINSubscribe now to view 2014-15 Projection.
RankValueNameTeamgminpts3rebaststlblkfg%fgaft%ftatopV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
289-0.66NBA 14-15MIN31815:033860234271912.424328.83712942-1.83-1.21-0.82-1.21-1.62-0.81-0.340.311.55
331-0.79Last 2 MonthsMIN9219:0189076574.35593.7932914-2.15-1.11-0.98-1.23-1.61-0.84-0.700.071.43
256-0.57Last 3 MonthsMIN22575:082790161211310.424238.8199430-1.36-1.15-0.50-1.11-1.42-0.65-0.410.291.19
RankValueNameTeamgminpts3rebaststlblkfg%fgaft%ftatopV3VrVaVsVbVfg%Vft%VtoV
134-0.25NBA 13-14MIN541663:279440468503023.541700.74724984-0.30-1.180.25-1.14-1.39-0.571.33-0.240.98
104-0.14NBA 12-13MIN621959:261,0110545544350.519742.744324101-0.02-1.080.71-1.08-1.08-0.011.01-0.320.62
136-0.26NBA 11-12MIN471263:566510347312931.564454.74318788-0.52-1.200.21-1.15-1.18-0.191.53-0.270.40
286-0.70NBA 10-11MIN65887:003590193271835.517263.76311492-1.80-1.21-1.05-1.18-1.72-0.300.34-0.090.72