Just over a month after breaking his hand Kevin Love made an unexpected start against the Denver Nuggets. Scoring 16 points in the first quarter, Love showed no signs on missing anytime. Unfortunately the Timberwolves bench couldn’t hold their 14 point lead against the Denver Nuggets and went on to lose 101-94. The Nuggets, now 6-6 on the year, are surrounded with immense talent with players such Andre Igoudala, Ty Lawson, Andre Miller, and Danilo Gallinari.
Despite the Wolves loss, Kevin Love played relatively well considering he was wearing a shooting cast to help protect the hand. Love finished his first game back with 34 points on 14 rebounds and trailed only Andre Kirilenko in minutes played (35). Another positive outlook on Kevin Love’s return is that he still qualifies for the MVP Award as he only missed 9 games of the regular season. Kevin Love will surley improve on his shooting as he finished just 2/9 from 3-point range and just 8/14 from the free throw line.
J.J. Barea and Nikola Pekovic also made their returns to the team on Wednesday night and the Wolves still await the much needed return of Ricky Rubio who is expected back mid-December. Minnesota hits the road as they go on a 4-game road stretch against Portland, Golden State, Sacramento, and Los Angeles (Clippers). The Blazers (Portland), Warriors (Golden State), and Kings (Sacramento) are all winnable games for this Wolves organization and are much needed to catch a break in the playoff picture.
Brandon Roy’s return to basketball may be coming to an end. Roy admitted that he has level III arthritis and his comeback might be over before it truly began.