Injuries derailed the Minnesota Timberwolves last season. Up and down their roster last year, they were absolutely decimated, with every starter—save for Luke Ridnour—missing more than 10 games due to injuries. No injury was more detrimental than Kevin Love’s twice-broken hand, though.
With Love healthy in the 2013-14 NBA season, though, he’s been every bit as productive as people expected him to be prior to his injury last season. For the year, Love has averaged a phenomenal 25.5 points, 13.1 rebounds and four assists in 36.2 minutes per game while shooting 46 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from deep.
However, the Timberwolves collectively held their breath on a couple of occasions on Tuesday night as Minnesota took on the Los Angeles Lakers. At one point, Love took a shot to the head diving for a loose ball and looked rattled, but gained his composure and kept playing. Not long after that, Love was fouled at the rim as he tried to drive and finish, causing him to come down hard on his tailbone and seemingly hit his head on the floor when he landed.
In the aftermath of both instances, Love seemed more bothered by pain in his back and tailbone than with his head, which is a good but still a bit troublesome sign. Even with him getting beat up a bit, though, Love still managed to put up 31 points, 17 boards and three assists in leading the Wolves to a 109-99 victory to get Minnesota back to .500 for the season.
As far as injuries go, Love is the one guy Minnesota can ill-afford to live without right now. With Nikola Pekovic out of the lineup still, Love has been the leader for Minnesota and arguably their only consistent scorer, though Kevin Martin has often been impressive.
There’s no word on Love’s status as of right now, but after the knocks that he took against the Lakers, it’s something to keep an eye on. The Wolves play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, so we’ll see what Love’s status is for that game and if he’s bothered by anything that happened against the Lakers.