Nikola Pekovic remains sidelined, will sit out Wednesday vs Pacers
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Even after the weeklong All-Star break, the return date for Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic continues to be unknown.
Pekovic has missed nine games since Jan. 28 when he was diagnosed with bursitis in his right ankle. That number is soon to be 10, and likely to be higher eventually, as he is expected to miss the Wolves' match-up with the Indiana Pacers Wednesday.
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 5.
When Pekovic is finally cleared for practice, Adelman is expecting it to take some time before he is back in game-shape.
"He's got to get on the court and practice some," Adelman said. "It's not only the injury, but the conditioning is something we have to really look at it."
Meanwhile, guard Kevin Martin is also still on the mend with a fracture in his left thumb. As was the plan just before the break, Martin plans to be reevaluated by his doctor by Friday, which is likely to lead to a better timetable for his return.
Martin, who will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip, has been out since Feb. 8.