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Timberwolves lose Nikola Pekovic for at least a week because of bursitis in right ankle

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MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Timberwolves will be without centre Nikola Pekovic for a while.

Pekovic had an MRI test Tuesday on his right ankle that revealed bursitis, which is inflammation of the fluid-filled pad that cushions the joint. The Timberwolves announced the 6-foot-11, 285-pound Pekovic will be kept off the court for seven to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

Pekovic was hurt in the first quarter Monday at Chicago.

The Wolves have seven games in the next 10 days. They've won four of their last five, but they haven't been above .500 since Nov. 25.

The 28-year-old Pekovic is averaging career highs in points, rebounds and minutes per game. After missing 39 games over the past three seasons with various injuries, he was finally healthy. Ronny Turiaf will start in his place.

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