GH And Petey's Timberwolves Blog

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Sprewell out a week

From the Star Tribune(12/22):

Timberwolves guard Latrell Sprewell often stays in street clothes before games long after teammates are changed and warming up. But this time, Sprewell wasn't changing.

Sprewell did not play Tuesday at Cleveland, failing to participate for the first time since joining the Wolves prior to 2003-04 and missing a game due to injury for the first time, period, since Nov. 12, 2002. He suffered a sprained left foot and injured his left big toe barely two minutes into the game Friday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Sprewell said he was continuing to receive treatment and would test the foot in practice today in San Antonio. But coach Flip Saunders sounded as if Sprewell would be sidelined right through the Christmas weekend.

"He's making progress. I'd say [he could play] probably in about a week," Saunders said. "Right now, everything with him is on feel. I doubt he'll do anything [Wednesday]. We'll wait till it's pretty much pain-free."

This is quite good news. We'll certainly miss him tomorrow at San Antonio, but it doesn't sound like the injury is that serious. The Wolves should let him take his time and be sure he's close to 100% before coming back. The last thing they would want to do is force him back too quickly, especially since it doesn't look like he'll be gone for long anyway.