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Kevin Love questionable Friday due to illness

Nov 30, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

Kevin Love AP

Another day, another update to the status of Timberwolves players who are in or out for the team’s next game.

Minnesota will host the Bucks on Friday, but may have to do so without Kevin Love, who is questionable and will likely be a game-time decision, reports Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune.

Love has been back with the Timberwolves for the last five games, and has put up his customarily gaudy numbers over that span. He’s averaging 23 points and 15.6 rebounds per game, although the team hasn’t benefited from Love’s presence in the win column just yet, having lost four of those five contests.

While there’s at least a chance Love could play, the same can’t be said for Andrei Kirilenko, who is definitely out against the Bucks and will miss his second straight game due to back spasms.

Kirilenko’s absence is a rough one for the injury-depleted Timberwolves because of his activity at both ends of the floor, and the fact that he plays heavy minutes in the rotation, averaging better than 36 per game in 13 appearances this season.

  1. illogic87 - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:36 PM


    • albertmn - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:06 PM

      What does Kahn have to do with injuries? He has assembled a deeper team than they have had in years, to at least stay near .500 with all of the injuries. People ragging on Kahn for no reason really strikes me as lazy.

  2. illogic87 - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Sorry, but there is no way the Wolves make the playoffs this year. Its over, too many injuries…

    • shaner329 - Nov 30, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Very true, being sick is a very crippling injury

      • illogic87 - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Amundson, Roy, Ridnaur, Rubio, Kirilenko all injured…

      • shaner329 - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM

        Rubio is coming back in less than a month.
        Ridnour is always spotty but he’ll still play.
        Kirilenko has back spasms, he will miss a couple games at most.
        Not having Amundson, not like that’s gonna really hurt their playoff hopes.
        And they knew the risk of Roy before the season started, and to be honest how many people actually thought he’d hold up all season?

        Counting them out in November is just foolish. Let’s see how they play with Rubio back in the lineup and Love at 100%, then we’ll talk.

  3. shaggytoodle - Nov 30, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Thats what Pop should have said, Duncan Gino and Parker were sick, and could not keep thier symptoms in check, so he had to send them home early.

  4. joeyashwi - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    More troubling than the injuries is that they were playing better when Love was out. By no means am I saying that they are a better team without him but it almost seems like players rely on him too much when he’s in the game. Would love to see this team healthy but it’s almost like the team is cursed since trading Garnett.

  5. mnwildfan15 - Nov 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Watch Rubio play tonight, we never heard anything before Love came back………

  6. adoombray - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    You know what drives me crazy? How everytime someone on the Timberwolves stubs their toe, theres an article here, or a comment there, not just on this site but all across the web, about how the team is doomed.

    And yet, the Lakers, who have 8 losses, same as Minnesota, everytime theres an article posted about their struggles, its always finished off with “but its still early in the season and they will figure it out because it’s a team built for June.” The media and other comments preach patience because, it’s only freaking November, we should have some patience.

    Why don’t the Twolves get the benefit of the doubt? they’re sitting around .500 and last time i checked it was an 82 game season. there’s still —3/4— of it left. Rubio is already cleared for practice and nobody mentions him without the obligatory comment about his court vision and the energy and spark he brings to the game. He’ll be bringing it again real soon. I’m not saying they are a title contender, but can we please, PLEASE stop burying Minnesota, doing so is just as irrational as burying any other team right now except for a few obvious exceptions like the Wizards or whatever.

  7. minnesotablizzard - Dec 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    How was Shved not drafted?! Fourth quarter Shvedka is going to develop into a real good player. Can’t wait to see him next to Rubio.

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