Barea latest addition to Wolves' injury report, sits out against Bulls
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MINNEAPOLIS -- In the twilight of a disappointing season, the Minnesota Timberwolves' injury report keeps getting longer.
Guard J.J. Barea became the latest addition on Wednesday, sitting out the Wolves' 102-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls due to back spasms and a sore neck that he developed during Minnesota's win over the Spurs on Tuesday.
With Kevin Martin (foot) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) still out, the Wolves came into Wednesday's game with 10 active players. Rookie forward Shabazz Muhammad (right MCL sprain) and Chase Budinger (right ankle) were both deemed "likely" finished for the season on Monday.
At this juncture, with only four games left, it would be a surprise to see Pekovic back in the Wolves' lineup this season. However, coach Rick Adelman continues to hesitate to fully rule out Pekovic for the year.
Pekovic has missed a total of 24 games since first being diagnosed with bursitis in his right ankle back in late January.
Martin's right foot has been bothering since the Wolves' victory last Wednesday against the Memphis Grizzlies. He has been sidelined in the four games since.
Budinger tweaked his ankle in the first quarter last Saturday at Orlando. The injury has proven severe enough to require him to wear a walking boot over his right foot.
Adelman stuck with the same starting lineup he used on Tuesday, putting in Robbie Hummel alongside Kevin Love, Gorgui Dieng, Corey Brewer and Ricky Rubio. Reserve Alexey Shved filled Barea's role as the Wolves' No. 2 point guard.
• Kevin Love hyperextended his right elbow in the first quarter after getting caught awkwardly on a Bulls pick and roll. He eventually reentered the game midway through the second quarter but said the elbow continue to bother him the rest of the night. He had a team-high 17 points and 10 rebounds but shot just 35 percent from the floor (7-of-20).
Love said he plans on getting treatment on his elbow Thursday and see how it feels for Friday night's game against Houston.