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Continued: Love, Adelman develop unspoken communication during Wolves games

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA
  • Last update: March 16, 2014 - 12:58 AM

“Either I don’t say anything,” Adelman said, “or I tell him, ‘Give me a couple minutes at the start of the quarter and we’ll see.’ ’’

Dieng overmatched by Al

Wolves starting center Nikola Pekovic left Friday’s game early in the third quarter because of that troublesome right ankle that caused him to miss nearly a month in February because of what the team called bursitis. He played with pain in seven games since he returned from that injury, but said after Friday’s game that the pain became too much and he couldn’t run up and down the court.

His availability for Sunday’s game against Sacramento is uncertain.

Without him Friday, Adelman called upon rookie Gorgui Dieng and asked him to defend Charlotte star Al Jefferson, perhaps the most difficult player in the league to defend near the basket.

“He competed with him, but he’s never played [Jefferson] before,” Adelman said. “He [Jefferson] is so big and strong. We tried to help him, but at this point in the stage of his career he’s overmatched.”

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