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NBA Notebook — Jan. 27

Associated Press

The idea of Nikola Pekovic making the Western Conference All-Star team is music to the Minnesota Timberwolves’ ears.

The Wolves have started a campaign to try to persuade coaches in the conference to vote their big center to his first All-Star game. The Wolves sent out a vinyl album featuring the “Bruise Brothers,” the nickname for their physical duo of Pekovic and Kevin Love. Love was voted a starter for the West last week.

The album cover features an artist’s rendering of Pekovic and Love dressed as the famed Blues Brothers. Some of the songs on Pekovic’s side of the album include “It was only a Pek” and “I’m Still Learning English.”

Pekovic is averaging a career-high 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Wolves this season.

Trade talk

Eric Gordon is tuning out trade talk and whispers that he’s lost a step.

After missing much of his first two seasons in New Orleans with a nagging right knee injury, Gordon has played in 40 of New Orleans’ 43 games this season, demonstrating a reliability previously unseen since he received a four-year, $58 million contract in July 2012.

Gordon has averaged nearly 16 points per game. Two games ago, he helped the Pelicans pull out a comeback victory in Detroit, hitting a clutch 3-pointer inside the final four minutes and spinning into the lane to sink a game-winning floater in the final seconds.



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