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Kevin Love’s hand needs another 2-3 weeks to recover

Mar 13, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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Kevin Love is getting closer to returning — and teasing us for a few weeks with what might have been this season in Minnesota — but he’s not quite there yet.

Love had surgery on his hand back in January and it was expected to take 8-10 weeks to recover. It looks like it could be more the back end of that estimate based on this tweet from Mark Remme (the official Timberwolves Web site reporter).

Love first broke his hand in preseason, working out doing knuckle pushups at home. He returned and played 14 games — with a brace on his hand and not looking himself — before re-injuring it and needing surgery.

Throw in Ricky Rubio coming back of ACL surgery and needing time to be himself, Nikola Pekovic and Andrei Kirilenko missing a number of games and the list going on and on, and you get an Minnesota team that finished well behind expectations this season.

But it feels more like just a bump in the road, that next season the Timberwolves will come back and join Golden State, Denver and the list of up and coming team in the West. And if Love can get back for a few games this season, maybe we can get a little taste of that.

  1. rubio4life - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    It should be “knuckle push-ups” cause lets just be real about it. It’s better Rubio gets all the attention now, plus he is adorable.

  2. fmlizard - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    As much as I want to see K-Love back, this is the NBA and even full go the Wolves are at least a player away. If somehow they could score McLemore or even Oladipo this team could legitimately be a real title contender when healthy.

    The Wolves could realistically have 3rd most Lotto balls given current trends. You need top talent to win big and getting that long needed SG is bigger than a few empty wins in April.

  3. observingii - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Makes no sense at all for the Wolves to activate Love for what probably would be a max 10 games at the end of the present season. He still wouldn’t be in game shape and whatever small cohesion the team has developed would be again shattered. It seems more logical to just let the beleaguered crew of warriors currently on board finish things out and hope for better times in the future. At least Wolves coaches will have a sound idea of who really wants to play — and, better still, who CAN play in the NBA.

  4. spthegr8 - Mar 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    For the love of GOD, sit the kid for the rest of the year!!! What are they trying too do, build momentum for next year??? Too me, it’s a no-brainer!!!

  5. khadeemw - Mar 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    kevin love isnt a centerpiece anyway…overrated

    • pacific123ocean - Mar 13, 2013 at 9:32 PM

      I think the Wolves management agrees with you, and that is why they chose not to give him a max deal.

  6. decimusprime - Mar 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    K Love plays better ball dressed like an 80 yr old in those pepsi commercials then he has in two years dressed as a NBA “all-star” player.

  7. midwaymonster161 - Mar 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    You guys don’t want him in Minnesota? We’ll gladly take him down here in Chicago. While I love watching him play with Rubio as Dos Lobos, Love would be the perfect 2nd star here in Chi town.

    • albertmn - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      Who said anyone in Minnesota didn’t want him?

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