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.
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!