Jan 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic (14) spins towards the hoop against the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic out 7-10 days

The Minnesota Timberwolves got a bit of bad news on Tuesday.

Center Nikola Pekovic will be out for seven to 10 days with bursitis in his right ankle, the team announced via a press release.

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that Nikola Pekovic  underwent went an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image) this morning at TRIA Orthopedics in Bloomington, Minn. that revealed bursitis in his right ankle. Pekovic will be withheld from basketball activities for 7-10 days and will reevaluated at the time. He will be sidelined indefinitely.

Pekovic played in Monday night’s 95-86 victory over the Chicago Bulls, but last just six minutes before leaving with an injury.

On the season, Pekovic is averaging 18.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He’s shooting 53.2% from the field and 75.1% from the free throw line.

Veteran big man Ronny Turiaf will likely see a big increase in playing time. Turiaf has appeared in only 13 games this season and is putting up 3.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Dante Cunningham could also benefit from the injury. The four-year veteran is averaging 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

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