Love working after practice to regain shooting rhythm

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 29, 2012 - 2:53 AM

With his three-pointers not falling, he spent extra time trying to correct that Friday.


Kevin Love

Photo: Marlin Levison, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Long after the rest of the players had left the practice court Friday, Kevin Love was there, taking extra shots. After that he worked out in the weight room of the Timberwolves' practice facility, going hard with teammate Nikola Pekovic.

"He's doing the extra work," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said. "And that's what he has to do."

Love, who declined an interview request Friday, is working to find consistency in his game, to find a rhythm that, at least in part because of a succession of injuries and illness, has eluded him.

Love is shooting 35.5 percent from the field, 22.5 percent on three-pointers and averaging 18.8 points per game.

His shooting percentage is a career low, his three-point percentage the lowest since his rookie year and his scoring average his lowest since averaging 14.0 in 2009-10, his second season.

Love missed the first nine games after breaking two bones in his right hand doing knuckle pushups at his home. He returned with a 34-point performance against Denver on Nov. 21. But he has since missed one game because of illness and another because of an injured eye.

Love had a 28-point, 9-for-20 performance (he was 4-for-9 on three-pointers) in a victory over Oklahoma City on Dec. 20, but he got poked in the eye during that game. When he returned after missing a game, Love struggled through a 3-for-14, seven-point performance against Houston on Wednesday.

"He's not shooting the ball like he was last year, or any year he's played," Adelman said. "It's just something he's going to have to work through and play through. He's really important in the way we play; when he's making shots it opens it up for everybody, especially [Pekovic] inside.

''Sometimes, in this league, things are going good, and that's the easy part. When things aren't going good, that's when you have to show who you are. He'll get through it."

Adelman said he felt it was tough for Love having been in and out of the lineup, though he said he didn't know if Love's hand still is bothering his shot.

But there is no question the Wolves -- who continue to struggle as a team from three-point range -- need Love to play well.

"He doesn't have the rhythm he had last year," Adelman said. "It's something where you have to keep taking the shots. That's what he has to do. He'll get it going."

Roy misses practice

Brandon Roy, working to come back from right knee surgery, missed practice for what the team called personal reasons. When asked if the absence might be related to his knee injury, Adelman said: "I have no idea. Just personal reasons."

Roy is attempting a comeback after knee injuries prompted his retirement and absence from the game last season. He appeared in the team's first five regular-season games before ultimately deciding to undergo an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee Nov. 19.

After taking part in the team's workout Thursday Roy had said that, if he had another good practice Friday, he hoped to return to action Saturday against Phoenix. But after missing Friday's workout?

"I would doubt it," Adelman said of Roy playing Saturday.


• Guard Ricky Rubio has been cleared to play up to 24 minutes a game, Adelman said. But will he? "The biggest thing is how is he playing and how are the other guys playing," Adelman said.

• Chase Budinger said his rehab is going well after having surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee. He is able to do some water exercises, some light squatting and some bike work. He is at least two weeks away from doing any running. He said he still hopes to return in time to play "20-plus" games, which means he's hoping for a mid-March return.

  • related content

  • Gameday: Wolves vs. Phoenix

    Saturday December 29, 2012

    Preview: The Wolves will try to bounce back from Wednesday's home loss to Houston. It was Minnesota's second consecutive loss and its fourth in five games. Phoenix lost to Indiana...

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
NY Yankees 1
Detroit 5 FINAL
Baltimore 4
Toronto 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 2 FINAL
Cleveland 4
San Diego 3 FINAL
Seattle 4
Chicago WSox 6 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Kansas City 13 FINAL
Texas 2
Oakland 9 FINAL
San Francisco 2
Wisc-Milwaukee 0 FINAL
Milwaukee 8
Arizona 6 FINAL
Colorado 3
Univ of Minnesota 1 FINAL
Minnesota 3
New York 82 FINAL
Indiana 105
Phoenix 105 FINAL
Orlando 100
Cleveland 120 FINAL
Toronto 112
Utah 84 FINAL
Boston 85
Charlotte 115 FINAL
Brooklyn 91
Denver 100 FINAL
Minnesota 85
Detroit 85 FINAL
New Orleans 88
LA Lakers 94 FINAL
Miami 100
Philadelphia 118 FINAL
Oklahoma City 123
Memphis 102 FINAL
Houston 100
Sacramento 85 FINAL
San Antonio 112
Milwaukee 93 FINAL
Golden State 102
Portland 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 93
Ottawa 3 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
NY Rangers 1 FINAL(OT)
Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 1 FINAL
Colorado 3
Montreal 1 FINAL
Anaheim 3
Longwood 65 FINAL
Presbyterian 61
Campbell 64 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 72
Liberty 70 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 80
Ohio State 77 FINAL
Penn State 67
Maine 66 FINAL
Albany 83
Duquesne 81 FINAL
Fordham 66
George Washington 67 FINAL
George Mason 51
Tennessee 78 FINAL
LSU 63
Notre Dame 71 FINAL
Louisville 59
SE Missouri St 74 FINAL
Morehead State 79
St Francis-PA 73 FINAL
Mount St Marys 58
Hartford 63 FINAL
New Hampshire 67
Wagner 68 FINAL
Robert Morris 91
Long Island 70 FINAL
St Francis-NY 79
La Salle 50 FINAL
Saint Josephs 55
Providence 79 FINAL
Seton Hall 66
South Florida 74
Binghamton 57 FINAL
Stony Brook 62
Vermont 66
Sacred Heart 85 FINAL
Bryant 91
Richmond 56 FINAL
Massachusetts 53
Wake Forest 51 FINAL
Duke 94
Purdue 66 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Miami-Florida 67 FINAL
Pittsburgh 63
St Bonaventure 64 FINAL
Saint Louis 48
New Mexico St 69 FINAL
TX-Pan American 48
Houston 68 FINAL
Tulane 63
Howard 62 FINAL
Oklahoma State 82
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
Tulsa 47
Miss State 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Utah State 53 FINAL
Wyoming 76
St Johns 67 FINAL
Marquette 51
SIU Edwardsville 66 FINAL
Eastern Ill 78
Air Force 66 FINAL
Fresno State 68
Nebraska 57 FINAL
Illinois 69
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Nevada 62
Boise State 68 FINAL
San Jose St 51
San Diego St 60 FINAL
Oregon 65 FINAL
Oregon State 62
UC Santa Barbara 98 FINAL
Hawaii 90
Toledo 64 FINAL
Northern Ill 68
Wake Forest 69 FINAL
Boston College 53
Eastern Illinois 35 FINAL
UT Martin 68
Austin Peay 69 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 72
Virginia Tech 57 FINAL
NC State 56
Massachusetts 55 FINAL
St Bonaventure 49
Auburn 71 FINAL
Florida 49
Penn State 63 FINAL
Indiana 68
Clemson 53 FINAL
Georgia Tech 80
Davidson 63 FINAL
La Salle 74
Loyola-Maryland 46 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Boston U 48 FINAL
Colgate 58
Coll of Charleston 58 FINAL
James Madison 107
Delaware 76 FINAL
Elon 77
Drexel 58 FINAL
Northeastern 42
Hofstra 75 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 76
Towson 56 FINAL
William & Mary 68
Miami-Ohio 55 FINAL
Akron 67
Ball State 85 FINAL
Central Michigan 69
Buffalo 55 FINAL
Bowling Green 47
Western Mich 65 FINAL
Eastern Michigan 74
Ohio U 69 FINAL
Kent State 56
Youngstown St 62 FINAL
Cleveland State 73
Illinois-Chicago 54 FINAL
Wright State 74
Alabama 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Detroit 60 FINAL
Milwaukee 56
Purdue 58 FINAL
Wisconsin 56
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters





question of the day

Poll: Who is doing the best job coaching a Minnesota pro sports team?

Weekly Question