If the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to chase down their first playoff berth since 2004, they're going to have to do most of the work...
MINNEAPOLIS — If the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to chase down their first playoff berth since 2004, they’re going to have to do most of the work without Kevin Love.
Unfortunately for this hard-luck franchise, they know what it feels like to play without their All-Star and Olympian.
Love will miss the next eight to 10 weeks after needing surgery to repair a right hand that is broken for the second time this season, the team announced Wednesday.
It’s been a nightmare season for Love in the first year of the $62 million contract extension he signed last January. He missed the first three weeks of the regular season after breaking his right hand during the exhibition season. He returned faster than most expected, played for about a month and then broke two bones in his shooting hand in a game last week against Denver.
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Love was averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds after helping Team USA to the gold medal in the London Olympics, but he hasn’t been the same player who emerged as the best power forward in the game last year.
• Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, the NBA’s leading rebounder, needs surgery to repair a muscle that split near his right knee, which could cause him to miss two months.
• New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was suspended one game by the NBA for confronting Boston’s Kevin Garnett after the Celtics’ victory Monday.
• Kevin Durant scored 26 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the host Oklahoma City Thunder overpowered the outmanned Minnesota Timberwolves 106-84.
• Tony Parker scored 24 points to help the host San Antonio Spurs hand the slumping Los Angeles Lakers their fifth straight loss, 108-105.
• The Memphis Grizzlies completed a 3-0 road trip with a 94-87 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Former Cougar Klay Thompson had 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Warriors.
• Chris Paul had 19 points and 16 assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 99-93, extending their franchise-record home winning streak to 13 games.