Wolfpack Loves "Love," How Much Stronger Will the Minnesota Wolves Be?

Timber WolfAnalyst IIDecember 3, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love arrives at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's 24th Annual Sports Spectacular at the Century Plaza Hotel on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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With continued play, the Timberwolves over the last two games have played slightly above average basketball.

They have shared the ball, turned it over less, played more efficient for certain pockets of the game, and are really giving themselves a chance.

It makes knowing that there's still a weapon just waiting to be used just racking up the chips on his shoulder for the Wolves to come devour whenever they get hungry.

With that being said, Kevin Love is on his way back, and news says that he could be back as early as Friday's game against the Hornets.

Kevin Love is one of few players that really gives 100% on every aspect of the game, and I can say that he's a major player for the Wolves come this Friday hopefully.

Let's look at the starting roster following the backup players at their respective positions over the last two games:

PG- Jonny Flynn/ Ramon Sessions/ Jason Hart*

SG- Corey Brewer/ Wayne Ellington

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SF- Damien Wilkins/ Sasha Pavlovic*

PF- Ryan Gomes/ Nathan Jawai/ Brian Cardinal*

C- Al Jefferson/ Ryan Hollins/ Oleksiy Pecherov*

*- recieves virtually no minutes

Damien Wilkins has played well over the last two games, averaging 14.5 points on 55 percent shooting, so more than likely, Damien will continue to start at the three seeing that the Wolves don't have a legit four, and Ryan Gomes has been starting to heat up.

Once you insert Kevin Love into the four spot, the roster changes for the better, and ultimately makes the second unit better.

PG- Jonny Flynn/ Ramon Sessions/ Jason Hart

SG- Corey Brewer/ Wayne Ellington

SF- Damien Wilkins/ Sasha Pavlovic*

PF- Kevin Love/ Ryan Gomes/ Nathan Jawai/ Brian Cardinal

C- Al Jefferson/ Ryan Hollins/ Oleksiy Pecherov*

The bench becomes improved by potentially adding Ryan Gomes to it. A bench consisting of Ramon Sessions, Wayne Ellington, Ryan Gomes and Ryan Hollins can give the Wolves a spark, thus really concluding a solid eight-man rotation.

Kevin Love has a great rebounding rate, and an amazing ability to throw an outlet pass from afar. If the Wolves desire to run, this offense is tailor made for Kevin Love and his rebounding ability.

Kevin Love gives the Wolves a better presence on the inside than that of Al Jefferson from a defensive standpoint. Although it's not a great improvement, Kevin Love is far more defensive minded than Al Jefferson, although maybe that's due to a lack of conditioning.

Ultimately it's going to take a while for Kevin Love to get into the shape of things, but if last years start for Kevin Love is any type of indication of what kind of start, Kevin Love will still be able to rebound with the best of them, regardless of what mental barriers he's going to have to break because of an hand injury.

Will Kevin Love make the Wolves better?


Will he make a huge impact in his first game back?


Patience is a virtue, but Kevin Love is going to help the Wolves win a few more games, and if he get's back to the 14 point, 14 rebound statline that he showed in preseason, the Wolves are going to be better than people realize.

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