Love sidelined against Oklahoma City

Kevin Love hit the floor hard three times in Tuesday's win against the Los Angeles Lakers and, as a result, was forced to sit out Wednesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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The Timberwolves will be without three starters in Wednesday night’s road clash with Oklahoma City. The team announced about 15 minutes before tip-off power forward Kevin Love will sit out with a stiff neck.

Dante Cunningham will start in his place.

Love hit the floor hard three times in Tuesday’s win against the Los Angeles Lakers. The last spill caused his head to snap back violently and gave him whiplash, but he finished out the game and finished with 31 points and 17 rebounds.

Love played Saturday in Atlanta with a less-than-100-percent ankle, too.

"Yeah, I’ve taken a physical beating," the 2014 All-Star starter said Tuesday after the Timberwolves’ 109-99 win, "but you’ve got to expect that, being one of the top guys, people are gonna come at you."

Coming into Wednesday, Minnesota was without starting center Nikola Pekovic, who’s been out for more than a week with right-ankle bursitis. It was then announced early Wednesday afternoon Corey Brewer isn’t available, either, having traveled to be with his newborn son, Sebastian, who was born Tuesday.

Brewer earned his first DNP of the season, while Love will miss just his second contest.

Luc Mbah a Moute started in Brewer’s place, while backup big man Ronny Turiaf made his fifth straight start filling in for Pekovic.

Brewer is expected to return to the team by Friday’s game at New Orleans. Love’s status moving forward is uncertain.

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