You know, the Minnesota Timberwolves have just been stricken with bad luck this season. Here’s a report from the Minnesota Timberwolves PR team.
Kevin Love was already sidelined for a few weeks before he made a surprise return late November. He broke his hand doing knuckle push-ups and was out for five weeks although he was originally supposed to be out six to eight weeks. He hurt his hand in a Thursday night win against Denver. As mentioned, there is no timetable just yet for Love’s return and I’m sure we’ll find out about it later this week.
It’s been a tough year for the Wolves in terms of health. Brandon Roy had a setback on his rehab and who knows when he’ll return? Ricky Rubio did return a couple of weeks ago but he’s been missing games now with a minor back injury plus they’ve only been giving him limited minutes. Chase Budinger has been out since November due to knee surgery. And Josh Howard, who was signed because of injuries, had to be let go after he got season-ending surgery due to another torn ACL. Throughout all this, the Wolves are still above .500 at 15-14.
As for Love, he’s averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds in 18 games but has struggled to shoot the ball. He’s only shooting .352 from the field and a dismal .217 from three-point land. That shooting hand has definitely affected his touch as he shot .448 from the field last season and .372 from behind the arc. He also won the three-point shootout at Orlando last season during All-Star weekend so he’s tailed off quite a bit since he hurt his hand. Second-year player Derrick Williams will likely start at the power forward slot with Love out. He is averaging 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 25 games so far and has largely been seen as a disappointment for Minnesota as he was picked #2 in the 2011 NBA Draft.