Monday, April 23, 2018
Sports

Wolves lose star Love for 6-8 weeks

MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Love returned from the London Olympics determined to do what every one of his U.S. teammates had already done: lead his team to the playoffs.

The Timberwolves will likely have to begin the first month of that pursuit without him.

The two-time All-Star broke his right hand in a morning workout Wednesday and will miss six to eight weeks.

Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand. It's a crushing blow to Minnesota, already without star point guard Ricky Rubio for at least the first six weeks of the regular season while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.

The Timberwolves open the regular season on Nov. 2.

Owner Glen Taylor acknowledged a "why us?" feeling when he heard the news. But he tried to stay positive, expressing hope that Love will miss only a month of the season and confidence that Derrick Williams and Dante Cunningham will take advantage of the extra playing time.

"I think all of our fans anticipated this season with great enthusiasm. We knew we were going to have to wait for Ricky, and now we have two guys to wait for," Taylor said, adding: "But again, I'm going to be positive about it and say we've got some young guys and let's see them step up."

HENSON OUT: Bucks rookie forward and former Sickles High standout John Henson will be held out of practice for about two weeks after suffering a left knee sprain and bone bruise in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Bulls.

FASTER STARTS: Trying to cut down on pregame handshakes and rituals, the NBA has ruled that 90 seconds will be put on the game clock as soon as player introductions are finished, and teams will be expected to be ready for tipoff after that time.

WNBA FINAL: Seimone Augustus scored 23 of her 27 in the second half to help host Minnesota surge past Indiana 83-71 and even the best-of-five series at one.

ALL-WNBA TEAM: Connecticut's Tina Charles was the leading vote-getter, and Indiana's Tamika Catchings earned her seventh first-team selection. Joining them on the first team were Los Angeles' Candace Parker, New York's Cappie Pondexter and Minnesota's Seimone Augustus.

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Published: 04/22/18