On Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves superstar forward Kevin Love met with a hand specialist to assess when he would be able to return. Many people expected good news would come from the doctor visit and that Love would be cleared for contact, which would mean a return to action in the next week or so.
However, the news was far from ideal. Love was told that he would have to wait another 2-3 weeks and then see the specialist again before he could return to practice, much less game action. That’s pretty much been the story of the Timberwolves’ season.
Love is the highest-profile member in the massive group of Minnesota players that have missed a significant amount of time because of injuries, including Chase Budinger, Ricky Rubio, Andrei Kirilenko, Brandon Roy and Nikola Pekovic. Needless to say, the injury-bug has made the Timberwolves have a rough go of it this season.
The injury to Love, though, is the most troubling and disappointing for Minnesota. He’s undoubtedly their best player, leading the team in point and rebounds per game over the past few seasons. More than that, he’s also one of the most fun players in the NBA to watch. It’s amazing to watch him haul in rebound after rebound, put moves on players down on the block, and step out and drain jumpers from long range. He’s just entertaining.
Minnesota still has Rubio to carry them through their woeful 22-40 season, but not having Love on the floor still undoubtedly adds to the disappointment. For Timberwolves fans and fans of basketball in general, hopefully Love will be back to play the final couple of weeks this season.