Shabazz Muhammad, Chase Budinger 'probably' out for rest of the season
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MINNEAPOLIS -- An outbreak of injuries have taken over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the final two weeks of the season.
With only six games left, the Wolves are so injury riddled they didn't have enough healthy bodies to log a full practice on Monday.
Muhammad tweaked his right knee in the first half of the Wolves' double-OT thriller at Miami on Friday. The rookie forward did not return and sat out Saturday's loss at Orlando.
Muhammad underwent an MRI, which revealed a right MCL sprain. At this point, the Wolves said the injury does not require surgery but in all likelihood signals an abrupt end to his first NBA season.
Budinger, who has been slowed this year by his surgically reconstructed knee, was coming off a season-high 24-point performance at Miami when he twisted his ankle one minute after tipoff at Orlando.
Budinger and Muhammad won't be the only ones on the injury report Tuesday when the Wolves start a home back-to-back with a match-up against the Spurs.
Kevin Martin (foot) and Nikola Pekovic (ankle) have already been ruled out for Tuesday's game.
Martin has missed the last two games with pain in his right heel. He said Monday the injury feels the same. His heal began to hurt after the Wolves' defeat of Memphis on Wednesday.
Pekovic continues to battle the ankle injury that has plagued him since January. While Pekovic's status has remained highly questionable, Adelman was not ready yet to deem him out for the rest of the season.
"They're trying to work with him," Adelman said. "It really is day to day. Not so much playing a game, but just getting on the court trying to do some things. I wish I could answer that."
All-Star forward Kevin Love sat out against Orlando due to back spasms, but he said he plans on playing Tuesday.
"It kind of caught up to me and I didn't feel too good on Saturday," Love said. "We're fighting that battle of attrition. We've got to make it fun. It's going to be fun these last six."
The Wolves' list of available players becomes further muddled with Dante Cunningham's status still up in the air.
Cunningham was arrested for the second time in four days on Sunday after sending what police determined as "threatening" messages. Cunningham was originally arrested Thursday and later charged with felony domestic assault. He was eventually released on bail and rejoined the team in Orlando, where he played in Saturday's game.
If Cunningham is not available, the Wolves could potentially be down to nine active players on Tuesday.
Minnesota still has a roster spot opened from when they waived guard A.J. Price last week.
Adelman was unsure if the Wolves plan to sign a player in an attempt to provide emergency injury relief in the last six games, but a move of that nature would make sense.
"I think we're going to talk about that this afternoon," Adelman said. See who is out there. With 'Bazz and Chase going down, we probably do need to get somebody in here. But I have no idea. (President of basketball operations) Flip (Saunders) and (general manager) Milt (Newton) are discussing that."