The Minnesota Timberwolves took a BIG hit to their playoff aspirations this afternoon, when word broke that their superstar: Kevin Love will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a broken right hand.
According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Love broke his hand while working out in his Minneapolis condo, prior to a team practice. Both his third and fourth finger are broken, on that right hand...unfortunately, his shooting hand.
It was originally reported that he'd miss 4-6 weeks, however it's sounding as though that timetable will be closer to 6-8 weeks--at least a month and half! Which could mean anywhere from 15-25 of Minnesota's games. Roughly 25-30% of the regular season games.
Needless to say the Wolves will need some big help from their other frontcourt players if they want to keep their playoff aspirations alive. In all honesty, I'm not overly worried. Clearly Kevin Love is our superstar and we'll miss him, but we've still got Brandon Roy (PLEASE, stay healthy), Nikola Pekovic (20-15 numbers to start the year for Pek?!), Andrei Kirilenko (he'll be asked to score a bit more now, but he'll grab rebounds, dish assists, steals, blocks...everything). They've also got Derrick Williams, who is now the likely starting power forward. If there was ever a time to prove your a capable NBA player, now is his time! Dante Cunningham & Lou Amundson should see a bump in minutes as well.
All in all the Wolves will probably struggle to start this season and the postseason hopes seem to have got a bit more out of reach, but I highly doubt we'll start the season 0-20 without Love. This is still a competitive ball club and Rick Adelman will find a way to still get wins.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!