Year-Round News & Updates on the Minnesota Timberwolves
Earlier this week I was talking to a buddy of mine about the Minnesota Timberwolves. He's a guy that watches maybe ten or fifteen TWolves games a year, but still likes to call himself a 'hardcore fan'.
Anyway, he was fraught with worry that Kevin Love won't make the All-Star squad this season because of the broken wrist. I tried to convince him that he'd be back just a couple weeks into the season.
Nonetheless, I figured I delve a bit further into the question...
First off, when will Love be back? On Thursday (Oct. 18th), Kevin visited a hand specialist, who gave him a 5-6 week timetable for his return. If you want to count 5 weeks from that day, Kevin Love would return on November 22nd. The TWolves play on Nov. 23rd vs. the Portland Trailblazers, in Portland.
I'm going to the November 16th game vs. the Warriors, so of course I hope he'll be available then...but I highly doubt that, Nov. 22nd could be pushing it.
Nonetheless, let's say he does come back for that Nov. 23rd game, if that's the case, how many games has he missed? Ten, just ten games! That's just over twelve-percent of the 2012-13 NBA season.
Now, when is the 2013 NBA All-Star Game? The All-Star Game will be on February 17th in Houston, Texas. If I'm not mistaken, that gives Mr. Love plenty of time to garner more than enough All-Star votes to make it a third-consecutive All-Star appearance.
My buddies next argument and probably his best point: Will Kevin Love be able to return to form immediately? Love's conditioning shouldn't be a concern considering he should have no problem staying in shape since it's just a hand injury.
It's just a hand injury. It's also a HAND INJURY! A hand injury to his shooting hand, if you don't think that'll effect his shooting stroke. I honestly have no idea how this'll effect him...it could be a good thing, maybe he'll work tirelessly on his left hand, making him even more effective in his back-to-the-basket game.
If you hadn't heard, the NBA has changed their voting format, now instead of voting in two guards, two forwards and a center; it will now be two guards and three 'frontcourt' players. With all the great Western Conference power forwards (Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki, LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Tim Duncan, Zach Randolph, Serge Ibaka, Paul Millsap--and maybe even Anthony Davis) it'll give a lot of those fringe All-Stars an opportunity to make the squad.
Kevin Love is the best power forward in the NBA, don't expect him missing 10 games (I know there's still a chance he misses more games, after returning) will keep the best of the NBA out of the All-Star game.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!
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