Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
First it was no Kevin Love, then it was Kevin Love with a glove, then it was Kevin Love without a glove, and now it’s back to Kevin Love with a broken hand again! If you own him in your league the way I do, it hurts so much your brain hurts, or better yet your metacarpals!
Love injured himself in the final quarter of last Thursday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers. After being scared initially, fantasy owners thought they caught a bit of a break when it was announced that Love’s injury was just a sprain and not a break. Shortly after, an X-Ray machine that was probably top-of-the-line quality revealed that Love will be out 8 to 10 weeks after re-breaking his right hand. WHAT A BUMMER, especially since we fans were on the edge of our seats when Ricky Rubio came back from an injury of his own recently and we were set to witness a young tandem that could very well dominate the league one day.
Love doesn’t necessarily seem to be the most excited player in the NBA to be playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves, and with his injury set to keep him out until Mid-March, he won’t be playing on your fantasy team either. Unless you are number one in your fantasy league I suggest dropping him right now! Yes I know that’s obvious advice but one has to wonder whether Love came back way too soon, it sure looks like he did now that he’s out again (again that was totally obvious of me to point out wasn’t it?).
Maybe it was bound to happen when you consider that Kevin Love’s statistics were not exactly up to Kevin Love standards. In 18 games this year, Love averaged career lows in field-goal percentage (35.2%), three point shooting percentage (21.7%), and free throw shooting percentage (70.4%). He also averaged less than 20 points per game for the first time since his sophomore season.
Considering those facts, don’t show the man any love or loyalty, because by the time he does get back, your team could be out of it and even when he is back, it is going to take Love until next season to regain his shooting form and really be comfortable with his hand again, whether he wears a glove or not.
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