Kevin Love suffered what could be his second significant injury of the 2012-13 season last night. Earlier in the year, Love missed time after breaking his hand. Last night, he had to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves' win over the Denver Nuggets due to a finger injury.
According to Ray Richardson of the Pioneer Press, Love exited the game in the third quarter after spraining his finger. He did not return. Richardson says tests were normal on the finger and X-Rays came back negative. That's good news for the Timberwolves who rely on Love's offense and rebounding, but they will have to wait and see how he responds in practice to determine if Love will have to miss more time.
Love scored 12 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play. He is averaging 18.3 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game this season. Love missed a large portion of the beginning of the season with a broken hand suffered while doing knuckle push-ups with his trainer. When he returned, he provided an immediate spark.
The Timberwolves are 15-14 on the season and in eighth place in the Western Conference. They will need Love healthy for the rest of the season to improve their record and hang on to a playoff spot.
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