MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic has been named the NBA's Western Conference Player of the Week, the first such honor for the team in more than four years.
The award was announced Monday. Pekovic averaged 25 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 58.9 percent from the floor over four games last week. The Wolves won three of them, and the 6-foot-11 Pekovic led the team in scoring in all four games.
Pekovic is averaging a career-high 16.4 points and 8.9 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game this season.
The last Timberwolves player to be picked as the Western Conference Player of the Week was Al Jefferson in January 2009.
In other Timberwolves news, forward Kevin Love will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, ending any small chance of him finishing an injury-filled season on the court.
The Timberwolves made the announcement on Monday night. Love is expected to be out four to six weeks after having a buildup of scar tissue removed from his knee.
It's the latest injury in a season filled with them for the Timberwolves and Love. After helping the United States win gold in London, Love played in just 18 games this season. He broke his right hand before the regular season, then broke it again 18 games into his return. He averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds this season.
The knee surgery is minor and he is expected to be ready for training camp.
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