All-Star break much needed for injured Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves got the push into the All-Star break they wanted Wednesday, ending a four-game losing skid with a 117-90 thrashing of the Denver Nuggets.
Despite the frustration-relieving victory, the Wolves could desperately use the momentary relief brought on by upcoming weeklong layoff.
That especially applies to starters Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic, who have both been sidelined with injuries, leaving the Wolves' starting lineup sorely depleted.
Return dates for both remain up in the air.
Martin is still more than a week from being game-ready as he nurses a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb. He has been out since Feb. 7 when he injured the thumb late in the Wolves' loss at New Orleans.
Meeting with reporters pregame Wednesday, Martin confirmed earlier reports that he hopes to be back in "two-three weeks." After a brief vacation in Florida over the weekend, Martin said the plan is for him to be reevaluated by his doctor at some point before the Wolves head out on a five-game road trip on Feb. 21.
Even with the revaluation scheduled, Martin is unsure if he will be cleared to play at that point.
"I have no idea," Martin said. "Hopefully I'm OK to play. I hate sitting out, so it's a tough time for me right now."
Pekovic's status is much more of a mystery than Martin's.
The 6-foot-11, 285-pound center has been sidelined for more than two weeks with bursitis in his right ankle.
Although no update has been given by coach Rick Adelman and the Wolves, it didn't seem to be a positive sign when Pekovic appeared on Minnesota's bench Wednesday back in a walking boot. Pekovic had worn the boot for week after the Wolves ruled him out on Jan. 28 before going without it starting Feb. 3.
If it's any consolation, Pekovic still intends to go ice fishing during his time off, ensuring he will have a few days to stay off his injured ankle.
Adelman had a little advice for Pekovic, joking, "I hope he puts his foot in the water and ices it a little bit."