Timberwolves: Robert Covington hints he's close to returning from injury
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Timberwolves’ Robert Covington hints he’s close to returning from injury

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Minnesota Timberwolves starting small forward Robert Covington has been out of action since Jan. 2 with a bruised right knee, but he could be close to returning to the floor.

Covington tweeted out a video of him working out during the All-Star break, and he appears to be moving a lot better:

Minnesota acquired Robert Covington in November from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Jimmy Butler trade. The swingman has played in 22 games with the Timberwolves.

Minnesota needs Covington in the lineup if they want to go on a playoff push during the second half of the season. The Timberwolves are just 27-30 on the season, 11th place in the Western Conference standings.

Covington, 28, is averaging 14.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists with Minnesota while shooting 43.3 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 77.3 percent from the free-throw line. The Chicago native is the Timberwolves’ best perimeter defender.

Minnesota has been riddled with injuries this season. Covington, Jeff Teague, Derrick Rose, and Tyus Jones have all missed an extended period of time with injuries. The team is 8-9 since Ryan Saunders took over for Tom Thibodeau.

The Timberwolves open up the second half of the season on Friday against the New York Knicks.