Prior to his head injury (concussion), Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was making a strong case for league MVP. He averaged 26 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game, shot 37 percent from the three-point line in 55 games for the Timberwolves.
But with two games left for Minnesota and its injury-riddled season, Minnesota has decided to shut down Love for the rest of the season.
According to twincities.com, Love will not be returning to action for the Wolves’ final two games.
“Everybody talked about it and the decision was made,” Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said Sunday, April 22, about the organization’s decision. “It’s been 10 or 11 days since he played.”
Love practiced with the Timberwolves on Saturday for the first time since his injury but expressed uncertainty after the practice about playing in the final two games.
This is a very wise decision by Minnesota considering the team will not be going to the postseason.
In a season with key injuries to Love and Ricky Rubio, the last thing the Timberwolves need is to have Love suffer any other injury in games which are meaningless for the team. It’s best for Love and Minnesota to sit out these last games and start prepping for next season.
This team will have a talented roster next season. With Love, Rubio and surprise player Pekovic, and a deep NBA draft, the future is bright for the Wolves so why risk it this season by having their All-Star play?