Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are slowly, but surely getting healthier. Friday's win over the San Antonio Spurs the Wolves had 12 available players. The three players who arel out with injuries are J.J. Barea who is nursing a strained hamstring, Malcolm Lee who is recovering from surgery on a torn meniscus he had in early December and Darko Milicic who was sick.
In that win over the Spurs, we saw, for the first time this season: Martell Webster. Martell has been out as he's recovered from back surgery he had on a herniated disc in his back. He played just six minutes, but had 3pts & 2rebs. He's a big boost for the guard-forward positions for Minnesota. Two areas the Wolves have been in dire need of help in.
Wesley Johnson should probably be playing in the D-League for a while as his confidence is insanely low! Who knows, if Martell emerges as a solid contributor--Wes just may. Wayne Ellington is playing great as of late and the more we see him on the floor--the more apparent it becomes he's deserving of the play time--and maybe an increased role.
Michael Beasley also returned to the active roster after missing eleven consecutive games with a mid-foot sprain. He played 22 minutes off the bench, but still stopped the ball WAY TOO MUCH, isolating and causing the offense to fall apart. He shot 3-for-11 and finished with just 7pts and 4rebs. He's still got the potential and I genuinely believe Adelman can change that--either that or Beasley won't be back in a TWolves uniform next year. He can still be a great scorer--he's got all the tools, but he has to work within the flow and constructs of the Wolves' offense.
The two players who were active, but didn't play were Anthony Tolliver and Brad Miller. Tolliver has a sore wrist and definitely could've played, but Adelman decided to rest him--Tolliver said after the game it was okay with him, because it'll get him back to 100% before the Lakers game. Like Webster--Brad Miller could've made his debut, but didn't play--despite the Wolves having just one healthy center (Nikola Pekovic: who started) play. He'll be available to play from here on out so it's just a matter of time before we see him on the floor--maybe Friday vs. the Lakers...
The hope is the J.J. Barea can return sometime in the next week--though he wants to be sure he's at 100% so he doesn't further aggravate it and have a lingering injury that doesn't allow him to play to his full capabilities. For Lee, I'd guess another couple weeks before we hear anything on him, when he had that surgery--they said he'd be out 6-8 weeks. It's been about 5 weeks now--so it's possible his return is on the not-so-distant horizon.
That's all for now, thanks for reading--if you haven't already check out our gameday preview of Sunday's game vs. the Lakers. Thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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