In the 2012-13 NBA season, the Minnesota Timberwolves were forced to weather the year without their star power forward, Kevin Love. Love injured his hand doing knuckle pushups in the preseason, tried to come back briefly in the middle of the season, but then re-injured his hand and was out for the rest of the season.
With Love out, the Timberwolves weren’t nearly the team that many people thought that they had the potential to be. Sure, there were injuries to almost every key player on their roster that the team had to deal with, but no one’s absence was as glaring as Love’s, particularly when it comes to their offense.
On Saturday night as the Wolves faced off with the Miami Heat, we were all reminded how disappointing the Wolves are, even with added depth on the wings, without Love in the lineup.
Love missed Saturday night’s game due to personal reasons and his absence was glaring. Minnesota’s offense was almost nonexistent on the night as they managed to put up only 82 points while shooting an abysmal 29.3 percent from the floor, shooting 22.7 percent from three and committing 18 turnovers on the night. Obviously Miami’s elite defense was a factor in that, but you have to imagine Love would have made a huge difference.
Early in the season, Love was playing like a legitimate MVP candidate. His production has slowed a bit as of late, but he’s still been one of, if not the best power forward in the league. With his passing ability in the half-court and in transition going along with his ability to rebound and score from anywhere on the floor, the Wolves simply aren’t going to be a playoff team without Love on the floor. That’s hardly breaking news, but Saturday night only strengthened that notion.