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Timberwolves regain a rotation

By Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Published: February 4, 2013

”I like Alexey and J.J. on the floor together,“ Adelman said after Saturday's game. ”There are times, though, when we need to balance the ball handling. Luke has to handle it some, not always Ricky. And Alexey has to handle it, especially, because J.J. is one of our best three-point shooters. Alexey finds people. We need to get more balance there. Sometimes we get locked up where J.J. is bringing it up all the time. He does a good job trying to get the ball to Alexey, but I think we can do it the other way.”

Saturday, because of the nature of the game, all 12 healthy Wolves scored. But it showed the options Adelman has. If the Wolves can keep this group healthy, Adelman said he believes the team can compete.

Pekovic's return to the starting lineup allows Dante Cunningham to come off the bench, where he appears very comfortable with Shved and Barea.

The signings of Mickael Gelabale and Chris Johnson to consecutive 10-day contracts also have given Adelman more options. Gelabale is a defensive option against bigger guards, and Johnson has been good at bringing energy and defending the basket.

Whether this will translate into a push back into the Western Conference playoff picture is debatable. But perhaps, for a stretch, the players can get used to the teammates they're on the court with.

“It helps when we have more bodies on the bench and everybody can play every night,” Rubio said. “We can find our rhythm, which we couldn't do the last three or four weeks. It wasn't because we didn't want to, it was because we had a lot of players hurt. But we don't want to look for excuses, we want to win games.”

Distributed by MCT Information Services

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