Stop me if you have heard this before. Minnesota Timberwolves starting center Nikola Pekovic is out tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies due to a sprained left ankle.
The sprain apparently occurred in last night’s home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The official news was just broken via the Minnesota Timberwolves Public Relations Twitter account.
As you have seen me say before, Pekovic is vital to the Wolves’ starting lineup, especially with fellow stud big man Kevin Love still out for an undisclosed amount of time. Since returning from an abdomen injury, Pekovic has been nearly unstoppable in the post over the past eight games. In fact, over his last three contests, he’s averaged over 19 points and 14 boards.