Tough news for the injury prone Minnesota Timberwolves. Star power forward Kevin Love underwent an MRI on Saturday, which revealed a re-fracture of the third metacarpal on his right hand, the team announced. The injury occurred during the third quarter of Minnesota’s win in Denver on Thursday. The initial injury occurred on Oct. 17th and sidelined Love for three weeks. He came back still averaging a double-double before setting the injury off again. Read more after the jump.
Love will be examined by a specialist in New York later this week, and an update will be provided at that time, according to the official release.
Love has averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds per game in 34.3 minutes of action, while appearing in 18 games for the Timberwolves this season.It’s the latest in a long list of key injuries for the Wolves during the first half of the season. Ricky Rubio, who was scratched for Saturday night’s game with back spasms, missed the first 20 games of the season while he continued his recovery from knee surgery. Brandon Roy, Malcolm Lee and Chase Budinger are out with knee injuries, and Josh Howard was waived in late December after a season-ending knee injury.
“I’ve never been through anything like this,” Adelman said. “You start out with Ricky from the very beginning, hoping to get him back and then it’s just been one thing after the other.”
At 15-15 the Timberwolves are trying to keep their head above water in the hunt for that playoff spot. Unfortunately the injuries keep piling up.