The Timberwolves are, quite literally, limping to the season’s finish line.
News out of practice – or rather, a walkthrough among the players still walking – was that rookie Shabazz Muhammad and Chase Budinger are both done for the season.
Budinger played very well in Miami on Friday, but sprained his right ankle 1 minute into Saturday’s loss at Orlando. Muhammad left the Miami game in the second quarter with what has turned out to be a sprained MCL in his right knee. He will not require surgery, but will not play in the final six games.
Add to that the uncertainty of the Dante Cunningham situation, Kevin Martin’s sore right foot and Nikola Pekovic’s ankle bursitis and you have what could be a very short roster for the Wolves when they host San Antonio Tuesday – and going forward.
“I worry about how many people we’ll have tomorrow to play,” coach Rick Adelman said. “All I know is Boz and Chase are probably finished for the year. And the other guys are just really banged up. So we’ll see who we have tomorrow and we’ll have to move on. It’s an opportunity for people to show what they can do, just l like [Gorgui Dieng] has. We have six games left. In spite of those injures you have to go out and compete. You have to win these games, and play together, have some fun at the end of the year. It’s not easy, but it’s what you have to do.’’
There is a possibility the Wolves will sign a free agent for the rest of the season just to fill out the bench.
Here are some other injury updates:
--Adelman said he didn’t have an update on Pekovic, but it didn’t sound like the big guy will be playing any time soon.
--Kevin Martin said his ankle started hurting after the Memphis game April 3. He wouldn’t have practiced today even if the team had, he said, adding the ankle feels “the same.”
“We’ll just have to see how it feels tomorrow,” said Martin, who missed both games in Florida.
--Kevin Love, who missed Saturday’s game with back spasms, said he would play Tuesday. “This last week is going to be tough, but we’re going to fight through it,” Love said. “We only have eight or nine guys. It’s tough. We’re fighting the battle of attrition. We’ve got to make it fun.’’
One last interesting note. Adelman was talking about the double-overtime victory in Miami Friday when he said this: “The Miami game was probably the best one we’ve had since I’ve been here. I mean, it was a game where they had us down, a lot of calls went against us and we kept staying with it and ended up winning the game. ‘’
That’s about it for now. Have a great rest of your day.