Nikola Pekovic getting an MRI is a nerve-wracking bit of news, and according to the Wolves PR team, the results weren’t great. Not as bad as they could have been, but not as good either.
From the Timberwolves PR Twitter account:
“The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that Nikola Pekovic underwent an MRI…that revealed bursitis in his right ankle. Pekovic will be withheld from basketball activities for 7-10 days and will be reevaluated at that time. He will be sidelined indefinitely.
This is both bad news and good news, and we’ll start with the bad because everyone likes a happy ending. Er…you know what I mean.
The bad news is that Minnesota doesn’t have a whole lot of breathing room. In fact, one might say that the Wolves — currently 22-22 — have virtually no breathing room given that they are three games behind Dallas for the 8th seed, especially since the Wolves play Houston, Portland, Indiana, Memphis and Oklahoma City in the next eight games. Staying .500 through February 19 will require at least one win against a good team.
The good news, of course, is that Pekovic’s injury is not an injury to his Achilles, as was previously feared. Assuming Pek is out for 10 days, he will miss New Orleans, Memphis, Atlanta and Los Angeles. Those are all somewhat winnable games, the Lakers game in particular. If the Wolves can take two or three of them in his absence, it would be a nice placeholder.
But it should be noted that the report did not say Pek will be back after 7-10 days, only that he would be re-evaluated after that time. His absence may last considerably longer (“indefinite” is a scary word), especially since bursitis is really only fixed with rest, unless — according to the Mayo Clinic — it’s due to infection. If Pek’s injury starts creeping into the games against Oklahoma City and Indiana, Minnesota will probably lose some ground in the playoff hunt.
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