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Wolves starting center Nikola Pekovic tweaked his right Achilles tendon midway through the first quarter of Monday's game against Chicago at the United Center. Quickly replaced by Ronny Turiaf, Pekovic is listed as doubtful to return. It is the first injury for Pekovic this season. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The idea of Nikola Pekovic making the Western Conference All-Star team is music to the Minnesota Timberwolves' ears. The Wolves have started a campaign to get their big center into his first All-Star game. The Wolves sent out a vinyl album featuring the "Bruise Brothers," which is the nickname for their physical duo of Pekovic and Kevin Love. Fans voted Love a starter for the West last week, thanks in large part to a strong push from the team's public relations department to get out the vote. Boston Herald

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Three times a week, he’s in the Target Center basement weight room down on his stomach or elbows or all fours, making small, measured movements intended to replicate how an infant learns to crawl, roll, sit and eventually walk. The tattooed, self-declared “real man” whom opponents call probably the NBA’s strongest also will deliver, if the mood strikes him, sound effects along with the delicate motions designed to strengthen and stabilize his smaller muscles after he has spent a lifetime pumping the biggest ones. “Waaaaaaa,” he says, contorting his face and mimicking a baby’s cry. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Unconvinced at first, Pekovic now calls himself a believer in “baby reaches” and “bear walks” that, among other methods, have helped balance his body’s major muscles with its smaller ones. They’ve also helped him reach the halfway point of this season without a missing a game on a new five-year, $60 million contract that adds incentives for games played. “Until now it helps,” Pekovic said. “I think this is the biggest stretch — 40 games I already played — and it’s first time I don’t got any injury. For now it really helps. Some things you can’t avoid, if you turn an ankle or something. But I can really see my body is accepting it really good. I can see that it really helps my body. I’m more flexible. I’m moving better.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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