The Timberwolves potentially get back two starters and their head coach Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers, not to mention perhaps a new sense of energy as they transition from a 2-9 record these past three weeks to a six-game home stand.
Center Nikola Pekovic and rookie guard Alexey Shved are expected to return from injuries for the first time in two weeks, or since the last time these two teams met at Target Center.
Coach Rick Adelman is back after missing 11 games to be with his wife while doctors were mystified by her seizures.
When Adelman last coached the Wolves, Ricky Rubio was on a tight minutes limit and still coming off the bench. Newcomers Mickael Gelebale and Chris Johnson hadn't yet signed a first 10-day contract, let alone a second one, as each player did Tuesday.
And the Wolves still were firmly in pursuit of a playoff spot with a 15-15 record that quickly disintegrated. Their current 17-24 record now leaves them five games out of the Western Conference's eighth and final playoff spot.
They enter the second half of their 82-game season Wednesday against a Clippers team that is chasing San Antonio and Oklahoma City for the NBA's best record.
Is there enough time left -- and will there be enough healthy bodies -- to make up for all that ground lost while Adelman was away and his team was decimated by injuries?
Wolves get boost from return of players, coach
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jan 30