Kevin Love Not Cleared to Practice, Does Not Pass Go, Does Not Collect $200

Despite Kevin Love’s optimism of being cleared today to begin practicing once again at a check up with a hand specialist in New York City, Love got the news that he’s still 2-3 weeks away from just contact. However, they did get the good news that his hand is at least healing well, and with the Timberwolves out of the playoff chase for the season it makes sense to have Love take his time.

Oh, you can’t hurry Love! No, you just have to wait– whoops, sorry; I couldn’t resist.

Out since January, this pushes Love’s return closer to April, leaving the Timberwolves to (hopefully) get a feel for what a full healthy lineup will look like for about 8-10 games since Chase Budinger, Andrei Kirilenko, and Nikola Pekovic should be back as well. This way, hopefully the Timberwolves will get an idea of what they already have on the roster for next season and what they need to do in the offseason. Now, nobody else get hurt (again) in the mean time.


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