Wolves shut Love down for rest of season
Kevin Love has passed all concussion tests and been cleared by
the NBA to return to the court, but the MInnesota Timberwolves
aren’t about to take any chances with the new face of their
The Wolves shut their All-Star power forward down on Sunday, not
wanting to risk further injury in the final two games of the
Love has been out since being knocked woozy in a game at Denver
on April 11. He suffered what the team called a mild concussion and
a strained neck, but the possibility remained that he would return
before the season came to a close. But coach Rick Adelman said
before Sunday’s game against Golden State that the combination of
missed time and the sensitive nature of head injuries made it not
worth the risk.
Love returned to practice on Saturday and said he felt good back
on the court, but said he would do what was in the best interests
of his long-term health.
Guard Luke Ridnour also has been shut down with a sprained right
ankle that has kept him out since April 2.
”It’s just best for both of them not to push it,” Adelman
Love is fourth in the league with 26 points per game and second
in rebounding with 13.3 per game.
The Timberwolves do not have a first-round pick in next year’s
draft – their 2012 pick is in the New Orleans Hornets’ hands as
part of a long-ago trade that brought Marko Jaric to Minnesota and
sent Sam Cassell to the Los Angeles Clippers. The only way the
Wolves can have a first-round pick in the June draft is if Utah
makes the playoffs and has to give up its lottery-protected pick,
which was part of the Al Jefferson trade two years ago.
So this is not part of some elaborate tanking strategy aimed at
giving the Wolves a better chance at moving up in the draft
Adelman said Wolves coaches and doctors met to make the decision
jointly. The Wolves finish the season with a game against Denver on
”We’ll just go with the guys we have and hope we can get a
couple of wins,” he said.