The last time Kevin Love put on a uniform for the Minnesota Timberwolves and played a game in the NBA was on Jan. 3, almost three months ago. That’s when Love re-broke his hand; he’s been recovering from the injury since that time. Without their star on the floor, the Timberwolves have obviously had a rough go of it this season.
Love went to see a doctor a couple of weeks ago and was expected to be cleared to play, only they told him that he still wasn’t ready. His next visit to doctors is scheduled for some time in the coming week when he could possibly be cleared to play. By the time Love returns to action, the Wolves will have less than 10 games remaining in their season.
Because there is so little time left in the year for Minnesota, many people are in the mindset that Love should be shut down for the rest of the season so that he can take the summer to recover and can come back next season at full health. However, that’s actually not the smartest move in this situation.
The Timberwolves, as they are currently constructed, are a team that caters to Love’s versatile skill-sets. In fact, there were actually pretty high expectations surrounding this team coming into the season. They were justified expectations, too, as a team featuring Love, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Andrei Kirilenko, Chase Budinger and others seems like a team that could do some damage.
The problem is that the entire team really hasn’t been healthy at the same time this season. The Wolves organization hasn’t been able to see what they have assembled and how good that team can be. That’s exactly why, if he’s cleared to play, Love has to come back. It doesn’t matter if it’s just for five games or so; Minnesota has to see if the squad they’ve created can work.