Timberwolves' Kevin Love May Not Play Again This Season

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been devasted by injuries all season, and star forward Kevin Love is no exception. Love has missed all but 18 games this season, and it may stay that way, according to Jerry Zgoda of Star Tribune.
Timberwolves forward Kevin Love knows the season is ticking away on him and he said before Friday’s game at Houston there’s a chance he won’t play again this season.

“I’d say that has crossed my mind, but as far as making a decision, I haven’t made that decision yet,” he said.
 Despite this, Love remains optimistic about playing again this season.
Love said he still hopes —and intends — to play the season’s final eight to 12 games.

“We’ll see what a guy like Glen says and see what D.K. and Coach says and we’ll probably all make a decision,” Love said, referring to team owner Glen Taylor, president of basketball operations David Kahn and coach Rick Adelman. “At the end of the day, the decision is still mine and I’d still like to go out there and join the team.”
The decision may be his, but the team likely won't put him back out there if they do not believe he is healthy. Sitting at 22-41, good for 12th in the Western Conference, they are pratically out of playoff contention. Having Love return prematurely has potential for more negative outcomes than positive. But there are reasons for Love to come back.
“The hand is great, my body feels great. It’s going to be a big offseason. Part of coming back [yet this season], you want to give the fans something, but you also want to do something for the team and yourself. You kind of want to see what you have here when you have a full team, and we really haven’t had that yet.”
After the various signings this off-season, the Timberwolves squad were expected by some to be a dangerous. Unfortunately, injuries have plagued them. If they can end the season on a strong, healthy note, it would attract free agents in the off-season to pair with Ricky Rubio and Love.

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