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Kevin Love says he wants to play in 15-20 games this season

Feb 25, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

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Kevin Love has played in just 18 games for Minnesota this season. There were playoff hopes for the Timberwolves with Love coming off a gold medal summer with Team USA, but he broke his hand doing knuckle pushups in the preseason.

He returned earlier than expected, struggled then started to get a groove before breaking his hand again in the same place on a fluke play in a game. That meant surgery to his hand and a whole lot more games missed. Throw in Ricky Rubio missing half the season recovering from an ACL injury (he’s just starting to look like his old self) and it’s been a rough season.

Now Love says he wants to return for some games this season. From the Associated Press.

Love said he plans to meet with doctors for another examination on his surgically repaired hand toward the end of the first week in March or the beginning of the second week. He’s hoping to return with 15-20 games remaining in the season to try and put a positive end to a most disappointing year….

“After surgery, it feels just different. Better,” Love said. “It feels like my hand again.”

Playing in 20 games would mean a March 15 return, so Love is looking at the second half of that month.

It’s too late to salvage Minnesota’s season, the playoff dreams have long been dead. But maybe we can see some of what we hoped — last season the Timberwolves were arguably the most fun team to watch in the NBA. Maybe a few steps with everyone on the team together this season will give them a running start for next season.

  1. khadeemw - Feb 25, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Who cares Kevin Love is overrated.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      If by overrated you mean one of the best forwards in the game then yea….

      Guy is a beast.

  2. nolahxc - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Kevin Love was lucky to be on the olympic team. Ya think the success went to his head a little bit?

  3. jimsjam33 - Feb 25, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    They were ” arguably the most fun team to watch in the NBA . ” Really ? I guess you forgot about ” Lob City ” featuring the high flying Clippers . A franchise that for years was the NBA floor mat . They only added CP3 to their roster , Caron Butler , Kenyon Martin , and Reggie Evans . The ladder two may be earning paychecks in New York and Brooklyn this season , but they were exciting to watch and added to the Clippers finally getting some play-off muscle . What about Nick Young and his spectacular series against Memphis in the playoffs ? The Clips had plenty of Swag last season for the first time in franchise history .
    Now for the fun part . Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan put on the ” Greatest Show on Earth ” last season . Their high flying wire trapeze act was greater than anything Barum & Bailey ever performed under the Big Top . The DunkaRama the Clippers performed last season was nothing short of spectacular ! To compare them with the T-Wolves is like passing up a date with Jennifer Lawrence for a peck on the forehead from Mellisa M’Carthy . Last night even ” Oscar ” picked Jennifer in downtown Lob City .

  4. dudewhojump - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    The two people above me are idiots.

  5. money2long - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    the season’s dead for the wolves, but if anything, for love, the more games he’s in, the more he moves up the all-time rebounds list. sounds a bit selfish of me to bring up, but every player wants recognition and love has a chance to land in the top 5 all time if he plays a long time.

  6. teddysimonvikings - Feb 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Best PF in the game without a doubt….next year he returns %100 and the wolves are the 5th seed!

  7. paintman34 - Feb 25, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    lol love has no chance of being a top 5 player in any way

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