What Minnesota Timberwolves Have Missed from Each Injured Player This Year

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What Minnesota Timberwolves Have Missed from Each Injured Player This Year
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This list is borderline comical. It's not in a sadistic way; good fans do not wish ill upon the players they root for but in a “Wow, the Wolves may really be cursed” sort of way.

Part of this problem is that the Timberwolves have not retained a lot of the younger players they have drafted or traded for, meaning key roles have had to be filled by the injury-prone (Brandon Roy) or aging (Andrei Kirilenko, who has ironically been healthy).

Still, younger players have had their fair share of injuries, too.

Chase Budinger is only 24 and has missed most of the season. Malcolm Lee, 22, is even younger and sees less minutes, and he, too, has been sidelined due to injury.

And nobody is going to forget what ailments have done to the team’s two franchise players: Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. Even emerging stars in Nikola Pekovic and Alexey Shved can’t stay out of the trainer’s room.

If there is anything positive to be taken away from this, it is that, with extended playing time, Derrick Williams has had his fair shake at making the team long-term, Dante Cunningham has come out of nowhere to be a star. The 10-day contract guys Chris Johnson and Mikael Gelabale suddenly look like impact players.

There may be a silver lining in every shade of grey on Crunch’s back, but if the Wolves' mascot starts howling, do not ignore it…he probably needs an ambulance. After all, it seems like everyone at the Target Center is getting the injury bug these days.  

All injury data is courtesy of Rotoworld.

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