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Continued: Buzzer-beating loss to Pistons ends Wolves' preseason

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 25, 2013 - 6:53 AM

“Two days,” Pekovic said, estimating his recovery time. “It’s no big deal.”

A different look

After contemplating starting Derrick Williams, Shabazz Muhammad or again Robbie Hummel, Adelman started Dante Cunningham at small forward because of Detroit’s formidable front line of Smith, center Andre Drummond and power forward Greg Monroe.

Cunningham’s ability to play some small forward gives Adelman options when the Wolves face a big opposing frontcourt. By starting Cunningham there, he also can find time for Williams at his more natural “stretch” power forward position subbing for starter Love there.

“Dante’s going to have to play there some against certain people because he can guard those people,” Adelman said. “Tonight was a good night to try it because they are so big up front.”

Etc.

• Detroit played without point guard Brandon Jennings (wisdom tooth) as well as guard Rodney Stuckey (thumb) and forward Charlie Villanueva (sore back). Veteran Chauncey Billups also didn’t play, calling the absence a “maintenance day” for his aging body.

• Wolves big man Chris Johnson didn’t play again, the fifth time in seven preseason games in which he didn’t get off the bench. He played nine-plus minutes in two games and clearly isn’t part of Adelman’s plans. The Wolves can create two roster spots for four other players competing for jobs if they waive Johnson and pay him his $916,000 guaranteed contract.

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    Season opener: vs. Orlando • 7 p.m. Wednesday • Target Center • TV: FSN (830-AM)

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