The Hits: Just Keep On Coming

News on Head Coach Rick Adelman’s absense from the Timberwolves website:

Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Rick Adelman has missed the team’s last two games in order to be with his wife, Mary Kay, who has been in the hospital.

Adelman’s status for his return to coaching the team remains day-by-day, and he will return as soon as he is able. Until he rejoins the team, assistant coach Terry Porter will continue to serve as acting head coach.

Here’s hoping the Adelman family is going to be ok.

Before the game in Oklahoma City last night, the Wolves released this tidbit:

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that after an examination by Dr. Andy Weiland, a hand specialist at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, forward Kevin Love will require surgery to repair the third and fourth metacarpal in his right hand. He injured his hand during the third quarter of the Jan. 3 game at Denver.

Details of the surgery expected to be announced tomorrow. Love is expected to be sidelined for 8-10 weeks.

For the season, Love has played in 18 games and leads the Wolves in scoring (18.3 ppg), rebounds (14.0 rpg) and double-doubles (14).

Pretty bad news. Barring any setbacks, 10 weeks would put Love’s return just after Chase Budinger’s.

Also, more back spasms-ing, from Ray Richardson at the Pioneer Press:

Guard J.J. Barea is the latest Timberwolves player to come down with back spams.

Barea was forced to sit out the Wolves’ game Wednesday night, Jan. 9, at Oklahoma City when his back stiffened up before the game.

Ricky Rubio and Andrei Kirilenko have had back spams that forced them to miss games. Rubio was out for four games before he was able to return Tuesday night against Atlanta.

The Wolves were conservative in their handling of Andrei Kirilenko’s back spasms, holding him out for 4 games. They were beyond careful with Ricky Rubio’s, too, as he missed 4, as well. Whether Barea’s back receives the same caution, or not, the Wolves have issues with only 3 active guards on the roster and Rubio’s minutes still being limited.

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