T-wolves Pekovic, Roy, Barea all out vs Bobcats

T-wolves Pekovic, Roy, Barea all out vs Bobcats

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Brandon Roy sat down at his locker on Wednesday night as he prepared to sit out another with a sore right knee. He was asked if he planned on suiting up for the Minnesota Timberwolves in their next game on Friday night.

``Um, I would like to,'' Roy said before the Wolves took on Charlotte. ``That's the goal. I don't want to say yeah or no. But I would like to get out there Friday.''

His words may have said yes, but his eyes said something entirely different. Roy missed his third straight game on Wednesday night, and there is no clear answer to when he will return to the court. For a player who is trying to come back from chronic knee issues that forced him to retire before last season, the situation is very much a concern for him and an injury-ravaged Wolves team that could desperately use his scoring in the lineup.

``Since it is my knee, we all know they're not 100 percent,'' Roy said. ``Anytime I have something in that area, it's always a little concerning. I just try not to think about it that much and just try to get better. Coach and the team they all tell me to just keep taking my time. Nobody's putting any extra pressure on me.''

Roy is one of a staggering six players currently sidelined for the Wolves. JJ Barea (sprained left foot) and Nikola Pekovic (sprained left ankle) both were out against the Bobcats as well but hope to return fairly soon. Chase Budinger is out three to four months after having surgery on his left knee earlier this week and stars Kevin Love (broken right hand) and Ricky Rubio (torn left ACL) aren't expected to make their season debuts until sometime in December.

The Timberwolves have lost a player to injury in four straight games, giving them nine healthy bodies to play the improved Bobcats on Wednesday night.

``I've just never seen anything like this, game after game after game you lose somebody like that,'' coach Rick Adelman said.

After getting some injections to treat the bone-on-bone soreness in his knees this summer, Roy felt so good that he started a comeback bid. He worked out for a few teams and signed a two-year deal with Minnesota, which needed a veteran shooting guard who could create his own shot in the fourth quarter. All signs were encouraging in training camp, with Roy reporting no soreness and looking spry in workouts and games.

But he banged knees with Ersan Ilyasova in an exhibition against the Bucks, knocked knees again in practice before the opener and left the game against Indiana on Friday night with more soreness.

``They both have been fine up until that last preseason game. ... It just hasn't quite got to where I would've liked,'' Roy said. ``That's part of a season. You just have to get to a point where, what can you tolerate. I think things will be OK. Hopefully I can get back out there as soon as possible.''

Both Adelman and president of basketball operations David Kahn said they expected Roy to have setbacks like this occasionally, and that his performance in training camp and the preseason left them confident he'd be back after a little rest.

``He was doing pretty well until he got his knee bumped in that exhibition game, and that's kind of caused him some problems,'' Adelman said. ``But I always thought there was going to be times like this. But I didn't expect five other guys out.''

The Timberwolves have kicked the tires on free agents Josh Howard and Mickael Pietrus, but they only have the veteran minimum to offer and have yet to decide if they want to bring someone in. Kahn said the Wolves were not eligible for an injury exception yet, so they would have to waive a player to make room on the roster. He also said signing a free agent was much more likely than making a trade this early in the season.

The Wolves host Golden State on Friday night before having four days off to let players try to heal.


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Game 73 Capitals vs. Stars Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread


Game 73 Capitals vs. Stars Date, Time, How to Watch, Game Thread

What: Washington Capitals vs. Dallas Stars

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Stars will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals-Stars game on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page.


The Capitals (41-24-7) take on the Stars (38-27-8) Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. ET at Capital One Arena.


The Capitals-Stars game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington. Coverage kicks off with Capitals FaceOff at 6:00 p.m. followed by Caps GameTime at 6:30 p.m. Stay with NBC Sports Washington for Caps Extra following the game, Caps Overtime at 10:00 p.m. and Caps in 30 at 11:00 p.m. for all your postgame coverage. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:00 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
6:30 p.m. — Caps GameTime
7:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Stars
9:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
10:00 p.m. — Caps Overtime
11:00 p.m. — Caps in 30


Here are the projected lines for the Caps-Islanders game:

Alex Ovechkin -  Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson
Andre Burakovsky - Lars Eller - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Travis Boyd - Brett Connolly
Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Christian Djoos - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Michal Kempny - Jakub Jerabek

Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches: Evgeny Kuznetsov (upper body injury), Alex Chiasson, Brooks Orpik (lower body injury)


The Capitals-Flyers game, as well as Caps GameTime and Caps Extra, is available to stream live here through NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and is available to authenticated NBC Sports Washington subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.


Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals correspondent JJ Regan and the NBC Sports Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and NBC Sports Washington's Facebook page.

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' defensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

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Need to Know: Looking at the Redskins' defensive depth chart after early phase of free agency

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 20, 37 days before the NFL draft.  

Looking at the 2018 depth chart—defense

The Redskins are likely to make a few more free agent acquisitions and there is the draft, but the depth chart is beginning to settle in. Let’s take a look at where the defensive side of the ball stands now. The offense was covered yesterday.

Defensive line: Jonathan Allen, Matt Ioannidis, Stacy McGee
Backups: Terrell McClain, Anthony Lanier, Ziggy Hood

I wrote this on Monday afternoon wondering if I would have to edit it to add Jonathan Hankins but that has not happened yet. I have to think that they will use a top draft pick on a D-lineman if they don’t land one in free agency. That could create some competition between Hood and McClain for the last roster spot.

Linebackers: OLBs Preston Smith, Ryan Kerrigan; ILBs Mason Foster, Zach Brown
Backups: Ryan Anderson, Zach Vigil, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Martrell Spaight

Again, I thought I might have to edit this because of the return of Junior Galette or the addition of Pernell McPhee but as it is, the Redskins are looking for an additional reserve edge rusher to go with Anderson. There might only be room for two backup inside linebackers between Vigil, Harvey-Clemons, and Spaight.

Defensive backs: CBs Quinton Dunbar, Josh Norman; FS Montae Nicholson, SS D.J. Swearinger
Backups: Orlando Scandrick, Fabian Moreau, Josh Holsey, Deshazor Everett

I debated including Su’a Cravens here because he is on the roster, but I think that the odds that he will be on the 53-man roster in September are slim. If he doesn’t return they will need some help at safety. You can count on Scandrick playing in the slot. They seem to like both Dunbar and Moreau better on the outside and Scandrick can give Holsey a chance to develop inside.

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Days until:

—Offseason workouts begin (4/16) 28
—Training camp starts (approx. 7/26) 130
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 174

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