Minnesota Timberwolves Replacing LA Clippers as NBA's Most Cursed Team

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIJanuary 9, 2013

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18: Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Timberwolves are replacing the Los Angeles Clippers as the NBA's most cursed team.

Prior to the commencement of the 2012-13 NBA regular season, Kevin Love suffered a fracture of his third and fourth metacarpal in his right hand (via NBA.com). The injury was sustained while Love was performing knuckle-down push-ups.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Love has re-injured his right hand. He will miss eight to 10 weeks due to surgery.


Wolves forward Kevin Love expected to be out 8-10 weeks after having hand surgery on his right hand next week, a source tells Y! Sports.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) January 9, 2013


This is yet another episode in the never-ending saga of failure for the T-Wolves.

From their postseason shortcomings to their endless case of key players suffering injuries, the Timberwolves have been breaking loyal hearts for more than 20 years. The question is, what is it that truly makes them the most cursed team in the NBA?

The first answer is found in two words: Kevin Garnett.


Lost Since KG

Since Kevin Garnett was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves are 104-290. That's an average win percentage of .264.

As one could easily infer, they haven't made a postseason appearance in that time. In fact, they've failed to reach the playoffs since 2004.

Since then, they've gone through six head coaches and seven different tenures.

Even as Kevin Love has emerged as a perennial All-Star, Minnesota has been unable to secure a postseason berth. Whether they lacked the necessary depth or were hit by injuries, Minnesota has always been struck down by something.

We'll start with the injuries.


Injuries, Injuries, Injuries

During the 2012-13 NBA regular season, the Minnesota Timberwolves began at an impressive 21-20. Unfortunately, they lost 20 of their final 25 games.

This came as a direct result of Ricky Rubio suffering a torn ACL (via ESPN).

This was the latest in a long line of injuries to key Timberwolves players. Love's previously alluded to ailments are one example of recent injuries, as well as Brandon Roy's faulty knees (via The Star Tribune).

Just don't think that this recent string of health battles is something new.

The likes of Terrell Brandon, Wally Szczerbiak, Tom Gugliotta and Sam Cassell have all been seriously injured while playing for Minnesota. In turn, the T-Wolves' dreams of winning a title were derailed.

The most significant damage was done in the postseason.


Postseason Woes

Since their inception in 1989, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made the playoffs in just eight of their 23 seasons. In that time, they've made it past the first round just once.

Minnesota lost 4-2 to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2004 Western Conference Finals.

In fact, the Wolves have topped .500 in just seven seasons. They haven't gone higher than .402 since 2006.

Whether you believe in conspiracies or not, there is something going on in Minnesota. Whether it's poor management or the work of the basketball gods, something is against the T-Wolves' favor.

Some might even say they're cursed.