Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley's routine hasn't changed much in recent days: Rehab his sprained big toe, talk with training staff, play that night but never make it to the second half.
After Wednesday's loss at San Antonio, that might change.
"No discussion," he said. "I definitely need to rest it. I wake up in the morning and do treatment, and then do more treatment and it starts to feel good. As soon as I get to walking on it, playing, jumping, it swells up on me. I've just got to give it a couple days of rest."
Allowing the toe time to rest presumably will start with Friday's game at Oklahoma City, where the Wolves end a seven-game, 13-day trip that has left them 2 1/2 games out of the West's eighth and final playoff spot.
Beasley has played just 11 and 10 minutes in his past two games and scored a combined 12 points off the bench. He first injured the toe on the road trip's first game, March 12 at Phoenix, when an opponent landed on him and bent the toe backward.
"Starts swelling up, starts hurting real bad," Beasley said. "You could tell on defense that I was babying it. I was sort of a liability, so I just took myself out."
Beasley's absence would leave the Wolves without him, starting center Nikola Pekovic and starting point guard Ricky Rubio. Pekovic returned to Minnesota Wednesday to rehab his hurting ankles and Rubio underwent season-ending knee surgery Wednesday in Colorado.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune | Mar 23