Nikola Pekovic C MIN 5 Days
Pekovic (wrist) sprained his right wrist against Dallas on Saturday and will be out until the beginning of next week, Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Pekovic is also dealing with an ankle issue, but coach Flip Saunders said the wrist is what is truly bothering him right now. Sticking by Saunders' timetable, Pekovic will miss at least three games: Wednesday (New York), Friday (San Antonio), and Saturday (Sacramento). The Timberwolves are then off until Wednesday (Nov. 26), when they host the Bucks. Expect Gorgui Dieng to fill in at center while Pekovic is sidelined.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 6 Days
Pekovic (personal) missed Monday's practice, Andy Greder of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The exact reason for Pekovic's absence is unknown, but the center is also dealing with a foot issue, so keep an eye on his status in advance of Wednesday's game. Pekovic was unable to play in the second half of Saturday's game, and the Wolves are yet to update his status. He missed 28 games last season due to a similar foot injury.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 7 Days
Pekovic was unable to get onto the court for the entire second half of Saturday's loss to the Mavericks, due to soreness in the right foot, the same foot that bothered him all of last season, Kent Youngblood of the Star-Tribune reports on Twitter.
The Wolves don't play again until Wednesday, so Pekovic should be considered questionable for that matchup, but now, Pekovic owners should be a little concerned that his injury problems from last season are not behind him. If his owners have space, Gorgui Dieng would be a nice insurance pickup, because when Pekovic sat out last season, Dieng was an extremely valuable fantasy player.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 10 Days
Pekovic scored 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-3 FT), with 13 rebounds, two steals and one block in 28 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Rockets.
Pekovic had a major test inside against Dwight Howard, but still posted a solid stat line. He only played 28 minutes, though, as the Rockets spread the minutes out across the board, with 13 players seeing time on the floor. Pekovic is a player you can rely on pretty consistently to get you a double-double, and he's not a player who puts up many dud games.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 14 Days
Pekovic had 19 points (6-10 FG, 7-7 FT) with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes in the loss to the Heat on Saturday.
Pekovic has three double-doubles in his last five games. He makes up for his lack of shot blocking (just one on the season) with excellence from the free throw line (89.3 percent in his last five games). The Minnesota center has scored at least 16 points in his last five.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 15 Days
Pekovic played 28 minutes Friday against the Magic, his lowest total of the year, scoring 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-5 FT).
Dieng had 25 minutes of the bench, his highest total of the season. Friday's game was close, too, so Dieng certainly wasn't playing garbage time. Pekovic's offensive production has been better than Dieng's, but Dieng has been much better on the defensive end. Owners will want to continue to monitor both players' time.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 17 Days
Pekovic scored 16 points (5-12 FG, 6-7 FT) with 11 rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Nets.
The big center racked up his second double-double of the season, and as long as he stays healthy there should be plenty more to come for Pekovic.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 23 Days
Pekovic provided 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-3 FT) with 10 rebounds in 31 minutes in the win over the Pistons on Thursday.
Pekovic had a quiet game in the opener against Memphis, but found better production against the Detroit bigs. Unlike many other centers, Pekovic will not help in blocks, but his production should be more along the lines of his second game rather than his first.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 1 Month
Pekovic scored 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-3 FT) with 13 rebounds in just 19 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Bucks.
The T-wolves wanted to get a longer look at Gorgui Dieng off the bench, but Pekovic didn't seem to have much left to prove in this one anyway. He doesn't block many shots and has trouble staying healthy, but Pekovic's other production makes him a strong mid-round front court option at the draft table.
Nikola Pekovic C MIN 1 Month
Pekovic scored 12 points with nine rebounds in 19 minutes in Friday's preseason win over Philadelphia.
A strong outing for Pekovic who more importantly looks healthy in his preseason debut after missing most of last season with an ankle injury. Pekovic had a minor procedure in the offseason where plasma cells were injected into his right ankle.