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Kevin Love spends night in hospital following concussion

Apr 12, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

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Kevin Love spent the night in a Denver area hospital as a precaution following him leaving Wednesday night’s game in the first quarter with a mild concussion and neck strain.

While the team called it “mild” and said it was not serious, Love must now go through the league’s concussion protocol and be cleared by the league neurologist to step on the court again. It seems unlikely that he will play Thursday when the Wolves take on the Clippers. If he misses any significant time (a week or more) would the team just shut him down for the season?

The injury happened on a fluke play — JaVale McGee caught a pass as he moved into the lane and when turned square up and shoot he inadvertently elbowed Love in the head. Love stayed down on the court for several minutes before being helped to his feet. He went directly to the locker room and did not return to the game.

Since the All-Star break Love has been putting up huge numbers, including averaging 29 points a game. However this fits in with the Timberwolves luck this season — they have already lost Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour to injuries.

  1. xLith - Apr 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I respect his game, however can’t say I’m saddened by this considering he face-stomped Luis Scola earlier in the season. Karma.

    • Wellner - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Excuse me? Please explain how getting hospitalized for that incident is karma? While we’re bringing up pointless pasts lets toss an accidental nut shot and 2 game suspension out as part of this phenomenal equation.

    • broncobeta - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:42 PM

      I agree. I wish him a fast recovery, but it is karma.

      Just minutes before this he slammed Faried into the ground while he was running full speed down the court.

      Funny how no one talks about that.

  2. donfelder440 - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Love this guy as a player, but what goes around comes around.

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