Pekovic's surge ripples through entire offense

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD
  • Updated: February 20, 2012 - 1:25 AM

The Timberwolves center has enabled coach Rick Adelman to set his offensive schemes without having to guess who has the hot hand.

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DouglasGoFeb. 18, 12 8:15 PM

Nikola's post play has been impekable

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bhdanielsFeb. 18, 12 9:31 PM

It's really cool to read about the reasoning and planning behind the way the players are playing, the rotations, etc. Thanks to Coach Adelman for sharing his wisdom and to Youngblood for nice reporting. And congrats to the new parents.

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slammanFeb. 19, 1212:59 AM

Agreed, good insight.

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marv62Feb. 19, 12 8:22 AM

The "Godfather" has proven to be one hell of a basketball player and is a blast to watch play the game.

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wisstinksFeb. 19, 12 8:24 AM

Pek has been perfect in the middle to give the rest of these guys a chance to go one on one and win their match ups. Pek keep up the good work. Let's ride the big guy to the playoffs. Do not need the Darko any more. Brad Miller is good back up guy. Go WOLVES.

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morneausyFeb. 19, 12 9:02 AM

Pek has really impressed me with his ability to adapt on the defensive end. Last year it seemed he'd go in for 5 minutes and pick up 3 quick follows but this year he has learned to be physical without fouling. Right now I wouldn't trade him straight up for Pau Gasol - I think the Lakers would have to throw in a draft pick - not us!!

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snowgoose3Feb. 19, 12 9:32 AM

Don't give adelman so much praise for finding Pek as he had no choice when milicic Went down and Pek started playing like a beast. The only major rotation question I have is with Wes and Beasley. Beasley in almost every way is a better Player as Wes does almost nothing to impact the game including on defense. Not sure why adelman keeps giving him try after try when Beasley is two yrs younger.

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manoliveFeb. 19, 1210:54 AM

@snowgoose3, Beas can be erratic and a ball stopper. I'm glad he's not getting starters minutes. But Johnson is clearly a burden on the team, too. Martell should get the majority of minutes at the 3. Adelman likes Wes' length, but we definitely need an upgrade there.

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MuddyOasisFeb. 19, 1211:43 AM

Get a clue, Brad Miller is not a better backup than Darko. Brad Miller cannot defend anyone anymore unless they are as slow as he is. Darko provides better D.

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t_stevensFeb. 19, 1212:13 PM

Pekovic's emergence is very Lin-like. How does a big, physical center that can score VERY WELL near the rim, rebound, AND play defense at a high level not get noticed until now? Amazing. All the important parts are now in place. Add OJ Mayo and the Wolves are a deep playoff team for 6-8 years.

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