The idea was, after breaking his hand for the second time this season, Kevin Love would return to play the final 15-20 games of the regular season and compliment the budding superstar point guard shooting below 40% from the field, the former Defensive Player of the Year small forward currently finishing up his third or fourth stint on the injured list, and a Pek and Chase — blah blah, all still injured, blah. But now the ESPN is all:
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love met with a specialist on Wednesday to examine his surgically repaired right hand, and it doesn’t appear the former All-Star will be ready to hit the court anytime soon.
The team says Love’s hand is “healing properly.” But the team also says Love has not been cleared for contact or full practice yet and that his next evaluation by doctors won’t come for another two-to-three weeks.
That timeline would seem to push any potential return to game action much closer to April rather than the middle of March, which is what some hoped for when he broke his hand for the second time on Jan. 8.
Love has only played in 18 games this season because of his twice broken hand.
Yes, this timeline would seem to push any potential anything straight off the cliff into the crapper. Whatever. This train went off the rails long before. When Love isn’t out there stretching the floor, Chase becomes this team’s greatest perimeter threat. Without any perimeter threats after them, you let Pek get swarmed and Kirilenko’s outside shooting get exposed and Ricky is left to thread endless eyeless needles. That is what is left of this Timberwolves season.
Not sure how bad this news is. Love gets to heal and get right instead of rushing back and going all Mike Miller with his hand every time he misses a shot he would normally drill. Chase is still on schedule and cleared to practice. The only problem with that being there aren’t a ton of practices left this season, so his return could be pending for a bit longer than otherwise. Pek and AK should play this weekend. We may still get a chance to see a healthier lineup this season.