Kevin Love surprised a lot of people when he made an early return from his injury on Wednesday, against the Denver Nuggets.
Before the start of the season, Kevin Love broke his right hand doing knuckle push-ups and was set to miss out on 6-8 weeks of action. Love was told by the doctors on the day before the game that he could play whenever he felt ready. When asked whether he was surprised by his quick recovery in a post-game interview, Love said:
“No I’m not surprised. I did everything I could to stay in shape.”
“I said all along that the first day I got cleared, that I was going to be back and be on the floor.”
“It’s only been 5 weeks.When it gets to 8 weeks hopefully I’ll be back to the real Kevin Love.”
Love also said that most of his teammates didn’t believe that he was going to play until they saw his jersey in the locker room.
Minnesota ended up losing the game at home by 101-94, but Love put up an impressive performance. The 6″10 power forward scored 34 points and grabbed 14 boards in just under 35 minutes of action. Love was a constant menace to the Nuggets in the paint, but did struggle with his shooting stroke a little bit, going 8-14 from the charity stripe and 2-9 from 3-point land.
Ricky Rubio, Brandon Roy and Chase Budinger are still on the injury list, but having Love and J.J Barea back will certainly give the ailing Wolves a boost of confidence. When Kirilenko and Barea were asked whether it would be hard to adjust to playing around Kevin Love, both reiterated that it wouldn’t take long until everything clicked. Kevin Love has been around the team even during his absence off the court, so chemistry should not be an issue.
Despite all the injuries, Minnesota is currently 5-5, but the team has shown some struggle lately losing 3 games in a row.
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