It has been a difficult stretch for the Timberwolves. Losers of four straight and eight of their last eleven, the Wolves can’t seem to catch a break. A team that hasn’t been near full strength the entire season continually finds itself facing more and more injuries. With a 16-19 record nearly halfway through the season, the Wolves’ hopes to finally return to the playoffs seems fleeting.
Minnesota has received a tiny bit of good news, although it’s not nearly as good as we would hope. At this point, however, we’ll take any bit of good news we can get. What was that news? Kevin Love’s surgery was successful.
After undergoing surgery Tuesday morning to repair the third and fourth metacarpals in Love’s right hand, the team announced it was completed successfully. Performed by Dr. Michelle Carson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, this was the second time Love broke his right hand. Despite his frequent absence and only playing in 18 games, he still leads the Wolves in scoring (18.3), rebounds (14.0) and double-doubles (14) this season.
It’s clearly not a promising season when the best recent news is a successful surgery for the team’s only All Star, but that’s the kind of season it’s been. The way things have been going, we’re just happy Love’s surgery didn’t result in this:
Love is projected to return to the team in March. Hopefully we’re still in playoff contention then.