These injuries are in addition to big name injuries of Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. For most teams these two injuries would be enough to greatly hurt the team (no pun intended) but it hasn't. Then you add Budinger and now Nikola and the team is really thin in their lineup. This hasn't stopped the Timberwolves from compiling a 5-2 record, which is good enough for second place in the Northwest.
Let's hope that Pekovic's sprained ankle heals quickly and that he can make a speedy return. I also hope that Brandon Roy returns soon. The Timberwolves need someone to return. They've played amazingly well despite their injuries. I have tons of respect for this squad and the resolve they are showing.
Besides Pekovic, two other starters had good games. Andrei Kirilenko had 16 points and 11 rebounds. That's a great game for Andrei. Luke Ridnour also had a great game for the Wolves. Ridnour had 15 points, 4 steals, and 8 rebounds. It was a great game from the starters.
I haven't mentioned this yet but tons of credit needs to be given to Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman. The job he's done preparing this club has been great. He's the real deal. I can't wait to see what he can do with a healthy lineup.
Once again the team's bench played a huge role. Two players stand out. Mr reliable, Alex Shved had 16 points and 5 assists. Alex has played a major role in the team going 5-2. Dante Cunnignham was the other bench player to have a good game. He finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Timberwolves fans have to be excited with what they're seeing (minus the injuries). The team has players who are stepping up to do their part in helping this team. I am concerned that the team suffered another injury. As mentioned above, the bench is thinning out. They can't afford anything else to go wrong on the injury front.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.com.