The Minnesota Timberwolves should not formally out of the playoff chase, however to achieve that troublesome purpose, they will have to take action with a decidedly shorthanded roster.
The staff introduced as we speak that ahead Robert Covington and guards Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague are all anticipated to overlook the remainder of the season because of harm. Rose and Teague had missed the final 4 video games with harm, with Rose struggling with soreness and swelling in his proper elbow whereas Teague had re-aggravated a left foot harm initially suffered in December.
An MRI of Rose’s elbow revealed a chip fracture and a unfastened physique within the elbow. He and the staff are exploring additional therapy choices. As for Teague, he acquired an injection on Tuesday to deal with irritation. He’ll now put on a boot and shall be reevaluated in three weeks.
Covington has missed the final 34 video games for Minnesota due to a proper knee bone bruise — an harm he initially suffered on Dec. 31. He had been progressing effectively of late and was participating in on-court actions, however had a latest setback that may require additional therapy.
Minnesota is fading within the Western Convention playoff chase, having misplaced its final 4 video games and eight of its final 12 total. The Wolves are No. 10 within the West, 9 half of video games behind the No. Eight-seeded Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Seven of their remaining 11 video games are towards groups with a .500 or higher file.
Teague and Rose are each free brokers this summer season. Covington, who was acquired within the Jimmy Butler commerce earlier this season, is below contract via the 2021-22 season. This season, Covington averaged 14.5 factors, 5.7 rebounds and a pair of.three steals in 22 video games for the Wolves.
Rose, the Kia MVP winner in 2010-11 with the Chicago Bulls, averaged 18 factors, 2.7 rebounds and four.three assists in 51 video games in what was a career-reviving season with Minnesota. Teague averaged 12.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg and eight.2 apg in 42 video games — a determined downturn from his 14.2 ppg, three rpg and seven.zero apg in 70 video games with the Wolves in 2017-18.