NBA Roundtable

Love Breaks Hand

In General NBA on October 17, 2009 at 6:01 am

ESPN reports

Minnesota forward Kevin Love fractured a bone in his left hand during the Timberwolves’ 94-90 preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night and will likely miss about six weeks.

Love banged his hand against teammate Oleksiy Pecherov’s elbow trying to go for a rebound on a missed free throw late in the third quarter and fractured the fourth metacarpal. The injury is to his non-shooting hand and he hopes to return at the end of November or early December.

“Fortunately, it’s my non-shooting hand,” Love said afterward.

Minnesota are screwed.

Lack of Quality

The Wolves options for replacing Love in the rotation:

  • Brian Cardinal
  • Ryan Hollins
  • Mark Blount
  • Oleksiy Pecherov

Al Jefferson will be playing 36-39 minutes a night in Love’s absence leaving 57-60 minutes to be split amongst those four players.

This is after accounting for what is the worst collection of wings in the NBA this season:

  • Corey Brewer
  • Ryan Gomes — can play power forward
  • Sasha Pavlovic
  • Damien Wilkins
  • Wayne Ellington

Conclusion

The Wolves will be fielding a massive amount of players who are poor to very poor at their positions.

It was going to be a tough enough season with Kevin Love, but without him? It’s going to be an incredibly difficult first two months to the season for Minnesota.

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  1. That is about as bad as news can get.

    Minn. doesn’t have a decent replacement.

    Love needs to play and develop, the kid shows real promise that isn’t going to develop watching games. Likely to slow down his progress well into the new year.

  2. News gets even worse for the Timberwolves

    The Timberwolves will be without forward Al Jefferson indefinitely because of an injured Achilles’ tendon.

    Jefferson didn’t practice on Monday because of a sore Achilles after the injury limited him to just six minutes against the Bucks on Saturday night.

    “It all depends on … the treatments and the medication and whatever they’re doing for him,” coach Kurt Rambis said of Jefferson. “It all depends how quickly it affects it.”

    Hopefully this is only a short term injury … jeez, can you imagine the Wolves playing without both Big Al and Love for a substantial portion of next season?

    That would be one ugly team.

    Update: Injury isn’t as bad as feared

    Rambis said Jefferson’s sore Achilles wouldn’t have prevented him from playing tonight if it were an “important” ballgame, which, of course, everyone knows it isn’t. He said he isn’t concerned the Achilles will keep Jefferson out of the season opener just eight days away.

    False alarm folks!

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