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Kevin Love breaks hand at workout, will miss 6-8 weeks

Oct 17, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

Kevin Love AP

That sound you hear is the Timberwolves playoff chances flushing away….

Kevin Love broke his hand working out at his condo building prior to the Timberwolves practice on Wednesday and is out six to eight weeks, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. That would have Love back around Thanksgiving or a couple weeks later, but that could change depending upon what the New York hand specialist he is going to see says.

In case you forgot, Love is one of the best fours in the game — he averaged 26 points and 13.3 rebounds a game last season for Minnesota, and was a member of the USA’s gold medal winning Olympic team in London this summer. He is the anchor of the Timberwolves on the court and the face of the franchise off it. So yes, they’re going to miss him.

With Ricky Rubio also out likely to around Christmas, injuries are really going to really hurt the Timberwolves playoff chances in a deep Western Conference. They are going to need Derrick Williams to step up big and have Andrei Kirilenko play at a near All-Star level to have any shot at the playoffs.

  1. jjordannba - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    WOOOOOW, Thats my #1 Fantasy Pick

  2. lamborginipercy12 - Oct 17, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    This is a bummer, but to say that the Twolves play off chances are shot I think is jumping the gun. Roy has been looking at least serviceable, and it now appears his play will be most crucial at the beginning of the season so durability wont be as much an issue. Barea has been solid and Shved has had flashes. We saw Kirilenko look like an All Star in the Olympics. I think the pups should be able to hold their own with those scrapin for a playoff spot for 4-6 weeks at the beginning of the year. Even if they fall back by a few games I wouldn’t be too concerned. If they can pull that off they’ll be right there in the play off picture after Rubio and Love comes back. I am a twolves fan but I don’t think that’s too much of a stretch.

  3. mnsportsfan - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    The slack falls less on Derrick Williams and more on Pek and Roy. I wouldn’t be surprised if Adelman shifts AK-47 to the 4 until Love gets healthy and starts Budinger at the 3.

    • cbt22 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      This may end helping the wolves out for the future. D Will plays the 4 and shows he can play at a high level and creates a good buzz around him and we can trade him for a solid wing player for our future.

  4. lakerluver - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    K. Love should play out his contract and then head west. He’d look great next to Dwight in PURPLE & GOLD!!!

  5. echech88 - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    This will be really interesting to see if Williams can get the job done at his natural position and hold the fort for a month.

  6. thomaskouns - Oct 17, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    This is one of the downsides of player’s making threates as Love did in terms of pushing the team to improve its roster. If you get injured, then you look pretty stupid for ransoming the team(injury or not) and then being the one who inadvertantly held it back after they went out and got you better talent at considerable expense to appease you.

    I love Love’s heart but his ‘big’ numbers don’t translate into wins like you think they would. He strikes me as one of those guys who will have HOF stats but was never good at making players better around him and significantly raising the level of his team.

  7. observingii - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    As usual, you folks are far behind the times. Dante Cunningham has been the hottest thing in Wolves camp and could indeed start at PF, although his energy coming off the bench is something every coach craves. The situation may well change, but right now DC is about two light-years ahead of DW in Rick Adelman’s eyes.

    • nbascreed - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      I’m not sure about that…playing well in camp and stepping in as a starting 4 are two different things. After 4 years in the league with 2 different teams, I strongly believe that Cunningham is who he is. D-Will on the other hand I believe has a shot and I’m hoping Adelman really gives him a shot.

  8. lakerluver - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    I’d take Love in a heartbeat! I think he does make his teammates better but he’s not a miracle worker! Minny doesn’t have enough talent around him. Love’s a fantastic player who just needs to be on the right team. When that happens the basketball world will see how good he really is. The things he does well will make any team better. I hope he ends up with the LAKERS in 3 years. Love and Dwight would be a perfect match and a terror for the rest of the league.

  9. fmlizard - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    What an insanely unlucky city, these Twin Cities. Counting pro and college, never seen a city go through so many injuries to its teams’ best players in such a short period.

  10. rgledz - Oct 17, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Honestly, every single K Love post we all have to read the same tired comments from lakerluver about how K Love is going to be a Laker. Please find something else to do. He’s not a Laker now, won’t be a Laker in 3 years either. When Kobe is gone they’ll just be another mediocre team with Dwight Howard…..kind of like the Magic was…remember?

  11. rocirius - Oct 17, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    It would be cool if Derrick Williams played so well in his absence that the Timberwolves could trade Love for say Cousins and Evans.

  12. lakerluver - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Dude, I know the truth hurts but Love is out of Minny as soon as he possibly can leave. Now whether he goes to L.A. is debatable and wishful thinking on my part because I love (no pun intended) his game. However, for you to think the LAKERS are going to sign Dwight for 5-6 years after this year and not add another elite player or two to go along with him tells me, A. You haven’t been following the NBA the last 30 years and don’t know how the LAKERS operate, B. you are very naive, C. it’s wishful thinking on your part. The LAKERS only goal year in and year out is winning championships. They aren’t signing Dwight just to win for 2-3 years. He’s the cornerstone of the next great LAKERS team.

  13. lakerluver - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Actually, the fact that you compared Orlando to the LAKERS kinda makes my last comment pointless. Obviously, you have no clue about the NBA.

    • jimeejohnson - Oct 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      The only things Orlando and Los Angeles have in common are: Disney, Shaq, mild climates, Dwight Howard, Citrus, Universal Studios, no NFL teams, palm trees, lots of swimming pools…

  14. luvmnsports2012 - Oct 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    hey lakerluver, your an idiot! no. talent around him, shouldn’t say things u know nothing about. watch the lakers make the playoffs then blow it, just like there knees later in the season… BAUK!

  15. pacific123ocean - Oct 17, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Love is a great offensive player…but, he plays NO defense.

  16. adoombray - Oct 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Guys, we all need to stop feeding the Laker troll. There is a reason he comes into every post and a reason he writes LAKERS in caps. LAKERS pisses people off. I know this. I live in Phoenix and I go to 20+ Suns games a year. It’s my natural reaction too.

    But just like Kobe he is just feeding off the hate. It’s not even an original shtick. he’s just saying it to piss people off. And you guys are just as bad as he is for arguing with him and encouraging 20 posts of reply. what do you guys think he’s gonna suddenly go “oh you’re right whatever with the lakers.” He is who we know he is. Stop making it worse.

    ANYWAYS, BACK ON TOPIC. Everyone keeps talking about Derrick Williams like he got drafted just to get traded. And he’s been involved in every trade scenario i’ve heard out of Minny the entire offseason. But as every NBA2k12 player knows, those high pick low rookie contract players are the lifeblood of a successful franchise. When you have them, you don’t have to go out and make panic trades to save a season. This was the number two overall pick. you don’t give up on them after 1 season. If he went number 2, he’s probably a pretty good player at his natural position. Let’s see what he does with that before we start singing the requiem for the playoffs. Love will be before half the league finishes playing itself into shape (like ALWAYS happens in the NBA ; Basketball is never any good until after Christmas, that’s why everyone was happy last year when it just started at Christmas)

  17. 00maltliquor - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    Well, there goes that 6th seed I had them at. It’s “only” a month and a half but they need him especially with the other main guy Rubio out till then too to gain any ground and build steam. 25 and 15 +/- is gonna be hard to replace, that’s for sure. I’m bummed. I hate injuries. Boo!

  18. joeyashwi - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Los Angeles Lakers…dumbest name for a sports team in the history of sports. If you steal a team from a state known for its 10,000 lakes at least change the name.
    Yes, Love may end up a Laker at some point but Minnesota has him for four years and can do some great things. It would be nice if the rest of the NBA wasn’t just a farm system for LA, Boston, and Miami. Go Wolves!

  19. seanb20124 - Oct 18, 2012 at 7:23 AM

    So how did he break his hand!

  20. ozzyplet7 - Oct 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    The only reason why the T-wolves were not winning last year was becuz Kevin didn’t have good enough players around him. He’s an amazing player, but he needed more support around him to actually win games. He can’t do it all himself.

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