This should have been the time of the season for Minnesota Timberwolves to start playing like a playoff team.
The stars were beginning to finally align. Kevin Love was supposedly recovered from his broken hand, Ricky Rubio was finally back from his torn ACL, the only thing holding the Wolves back was getting back into the groove of things.
Then Love re-fractured his hand.
Even if Love was slumping, try taking 20 points and 14 rebounds a game away from a team and see what happens.
In all honesty, though, the Timberwolves have consistently won games without Love. Before Love’s most recent injury, the Wolves were 10-10 with him on the court and 6-6 with him off.
He hasn’t been the same impact player that he has been in seasons past. He still is an elite rebounder, but his presence under the basket isn’t felt as heavily as it has been. For now, we’ll chalk it up to his broken hand. After all, he did return the first time in just over three weeks—which isn’t nearly long enough for his hand to have fully healed.
At any rate, the Timberwolves shouldn’t be losing games like they have been. It’s not yet time to give up on the team, just time to see some adjustments made.