Since January 28th, the Wolves have been without their starting center, Nikola Pekovic. Pekovic was diagnosed with bursitis in his right ankle. In the 10 games he has missed, The Timberwolves have a record of 4-6.
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According to Nate Sandell of 1500espn.com, Pekovic did not practice Tuesday. Coach Rick Adelman said the hope is the 6-foot-11, 285-pound starter will be able to slowly increase his activity level in the next few days. Adelman suggested Pekovic "might do some drill work" with the team when the Wolves head out on a five-game road trip over the weekend, but gave no indication if he thought he would be able to play before they return home on March 5th.
Today a press release via Twitter revealed that Pekovic participated in drills.
Pekovic participated in drills today. Status is still day-to-day #TwolvesAt this time Pekovic's return date is unknown.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) February 20, 2014
Nikola Pekovic, was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2008 NBA draft and was selected as the 1st pick in the 2nd round (31st overall). Pekovic has a career average of 12.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. This year is statistically his best year as he is averaging 18.0 points and 9.1 rebounds per game.
Fantasy Analysis (Fanduel Scoring): Since Pekovic's injury, Ronny Turiaf was a solid value or punt option as he replaced Pekovic as the teams starting center. At this time Turiaf is also sidelined with a injury. In the teams win over the Pacers, Love played center when Turiaf went out. With both Turiaf and Pekovic out, Dante Cunningham is expected to play more minutes than usual. Sources indicate that until either Turiaf or Pekovic return, Love will play center and either Mbah a Moute or Cunningham will play at power forward.