Injuries Cost ‘Wolves Shot at Playoffs?
(Rick) Adelman seemed to accept the grim reality that injuries have been a major factor in the team’s disappointing finish. In addition to (Kevin) Love, the Wolves lost Ricky Rubio to a season-ending knee injury and have played a number of games without (Michael) Beasley (foot, toe), J.J. Barea (hamstring, bruised thigh), Luke Ridnour (groin, knee and ankle) and Nikola Pekovic (groin, ankles).
“I haven’t seen anything like this,” Adelman said of the Wolves’ injury troubles. “The timing of it is the worst part. When Ricky went down, we were playing well. Then we had to go on the seven-game trip out west. During that time, we lost Pek, Michael, J.J. and Luke. I don’t think people really understood how much Ricky meant to our group when we lost him. Luke stepped up for awhile. Then he got hurt.”
Ridnour, out since April 2 with a sprained ankle, might be in the same situation as Love. Do the Wolves really want to put them back in the lineup with the playoffs officially out of the picture?