March 02, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic did not play against the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night because of a sore right ankle that has bothered him for the last two years.

The ankle flared up on him during a game against Memphis on Saturday night and limited him to 12 minutes. He had played at least 34 minutes in four of the previous five games, and the wear and tear has caught up with him.

Pekovic says he's extremely frustrated by the recurring injury, which has kept him out of 32 games this season. He says they will have to be more vigilant in monitoring his minutes going forward.

Kevin Martin also missed the game for the Timberwolves.

Matt Barnes missed the game for the Clippers with a hamstring injury.

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