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Kevin Love re-fractured his right hand, out indefinitely

Jan 5, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

Kevin Love AP

More bad news on the injury front for a Timberwolves team that has had more than its fair share.

Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a re-fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand, the team announced. The injury occurred during the third quarter of Minnesota’s win in Denver on Thursday. X-rays were negative, but Love did not return.

Love will be examined by a specialist in New York later this week, and an update will be provided at that time, according to the official release.

Love had already been ruled out of Saturday’s contest against the Blazers, along with Ricky Rubio, who has missed the last  three games due to back spasms. The back injury may be a complication of Rubio attempting to overcompensate for the knee injury he’s recovering from, as it came on recently after Rubio played just five games this season before being forced to sit once again.

Minnesota is right there in the hunt for a playoff spot, sitting just a half-game back of Portland and Denver for one of the final two seeds in the West.

That makes the timing of the announcement particularly troubling for the Timberwolves, as they get set to host the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Love has averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds per game in 34.3 minutes of action, while appearing in 18 games for the Timberwolves this season.

  1. basketballhooper1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    At least he wasn’t doing knuckle pushups again…

  2. joeyashwi - Jan 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    This guy is a porcelain doll. Definitely a good player but not a franchise centerpiece.

  3. lakerluver - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    “Porcelain doll”? I’d love (no pun intended) to see that “porcelain doll” in a LAKERS uniform as soon as he can get out of Minnesota.

  4. rgledz - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Thanks for the original comment Lakerluver. We’ve never seen that comment before.

  5. olddog100 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Why is this writer even bringing up playoff position when there are approx. 50 games left in the season??? It’s early January for God’s sake, not April.

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:11 AM

      …Because how many games a team wins and loses from October to January determines whether that team will be competing for a top-4 seed, a 5th-to-8th seed, or a lottery pick in February-April.

      In the West in particular, there are so many good teams that every win/loss counts.
      I foresee OKC, LAC, and SA continuing to battle for the #1 seed with a huge lead over everybody else, so that’s the top-3 teams.
      Meanwhile, I see the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies comfortably locking in the 4th and 5th seeds. Aside from Minnesota, teams like Houston, Portland, Denver, Utah, the Lakers, and Dallas are all poised to perhaps finish the second half of the season stronger than they started because they spent the first half of the year incorporating key new players onto their team (Lin/Harden, Iguodala, Lillard, Nash/Howard, the entire Dallas roster except Marion and Nowitzki) and/or getting key guys back from injury (Nash, Nowtizki).

      Every game counts in the West, even the ones in January. The Minnesota Timberwolves (my preseason pick for the 6th seed) needs to start going on a run now, not hovering around 0.500, or else they could get left behind.

  6. joeyashwi - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    He would be a great supporting player, lakerluver. He would do well there but I would hate to see it. Would like to see the Wolves get a big name player instead of saving the max contract for an even bigger porcelain doll, Rubio.

  7. lakerluver - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    ^^ You’re welcome. I’m just saying, if T-wolves fans don’t appreciate him, we most certainly will. Love is a great player and with talent around him he will be even greater.

    • mikebrodycomic - Jan 6, 2013 at 1:03 AM

      We appreciate him plenty. Get your stinky Laker claws off him.

  8. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Something tells me his hand wasn’t entirely healed and he was pushing it by coming back early this season. This isn’t good, though, and this injury may effect his entire career.

  9. paulhargis53 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    rgledz: I’d get used to unoriginal from lakerluver/bozosforall. It isn’t going to change until June when he loses our bet.

  10. nycalldayz - Jan 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Damn u KG for leaving the T-Wolves! LOL

  11. luvmnsports2012 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Hey lakerluver, u have all the talent on your team and they still can’t figure it out!!

  12. joeyashwi - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Yes we appreciate Love in Minny. I just see him as a Pippen more than a Jordan.

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