First it was red-hot point guard, Ricky Rubio. Now, it's All-Star forward, Kevin Love.
HoopsVibe's quick call: The Timberwolves just can't catch a break.
Kevin Love, gold medal winner and one of the league's best power forwards, broke his hand this morning in a pre-practice warmup and will be out six to eight weeks.
While 6-8 weeks isn't that long, and Love will be back soon enough, this means that Minnesota will be without their starting point guard and starting power forward for at least the first month and a half of the upcoming season.
We all remember this past March when Ricky Rubio tore his ACL and MCL colliding with Kobe Bryant in the final quarter of a 105-102 loss to the Lakers at home. Timberwolves president of basketball operations, David Kahn, called the injury "an unfortunate turn of events for him and our team" as Rubio had been playing ridiculously well at the time of his injury and the Twolves were fighting for a playoff spot.
Rubio had been playing so well, in fact, that both Heat stars, Dwyane Wade and Lebron James, tweeted their sympathies.
Wade tweeted back in March, "Ricky Rubio's injury isn't 1 that any basketball fan wanted 2 C. He's had an amazing rookie season & has brought life back 2 a franchise." Lebron added a tweet that read, "S/O to Ricky Rubio! Have a speedy and successful recovery."
Rubio had been averaging over 10 points and over 8 assists per game but it was his stealth passing ability that had the league buzzing at the time of his injury.
As of today, the 21-year old is set to return to the lineup this December.
But now Minnesota has another crucial injury to worry about with Love breaking his hand this morning.
Love has been a straight up baller for the Timberwolves in the past few years. Aside from Rubio, he's been the organizations only other shining light. In the 2010-11 season, Love double-doubled for 53 consecutive games. He also went for 31 points and 31 rebounds that same season and became the 19th player in league history to go for 30 and 30.
Last year, in the 2011-12 season, Love averaged 26 points and 13.3 rebounds per game. Prior to his injury this morning, he had been averaging 14 points and 8.3 rebounds in just over 23 minutes per game this preseason.
Minnesota is set to open the 2012-13 season November 2nd at home against Sacramento. Too bad there wasn't another lockout.
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