Waiting game continues for Wolves' Love

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 30, 2013 - 12:28 AM

The clock continues to tick on Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, whose healing shooting hand won’t be re-evaluated now until sometime next week.

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The clock continues to tick on Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, whose healing shooting hand won’t be re-evaluated now until sometime next week.

He visited his New York City surgeon earlier this month and was told he would be evaluated in another two to three weeks.

Next week will be three weeks.

After that, only two weeks remain in the season.

Wolves medical staff and Love’s surgeon conferred and decided it would be best to wait one more week before Love’s hand is scanned again to tell whether he has healed enough to resume contact.

Earlier this week, Love said he hopes to play again this season but said he would consult with owner Glen Taylor, basketball President David Kahn and Adelman before making that decision.

Adelman said he would like to see Love back on the floor, even if it is for only a week or 10 days.

“I’d love to see him get out there and play,” Adelman said before Friday’s 101-93 victory over Oklahoma City. “He certainly would help us. And we’d get to see guys play together who haven’t played together all year. I think it would be [enough time]: Have him on the floor and put guys together. It will effect our rotation again, but it’s a nice effect to have.”

Upon further review…

The NBA on Thursday admitted officials erred on the final play of Wednesday’s 120-117 loss to the Lakers and should have called a foul on Kobe Bryant, one that would have sent Ricky Rubio to the free-throw line for three shots that could have tied the score.

Did their admission make Adelman feel any better Friday? “No,” he said. “I knew probably that it was coming.”

He did say the league should look at expanding its use of video replay to include such situations.

“They use it for everything else,” he said. “With the game on the line, it just seems like they should look at it. But I don’t know what the steps are for that, or what the reasons are for that. It’s not happening now, so it’s too late for us.”

Takes one to know one

Thunder coach Scott Brooks and his team know Wolves guard J.J. Barea well from his time with Dallas and from last season’s triple-double game in Oklahoma City.

“We’ve seen a lot of him the last few years,” Brooks said. “He’s as feisty and competitive as any guard in this league. He scores over bigs. You don’t think he can get the shot off and you think it’s a lucky shot, but he makes it time in and time out. He just knows how to play, and he plays with his heart every night.”

And Brooks, a former Wolves guard, knows something about being feisty and competitive, doesn’t he?

“He was much better than me,” Brooks said.

Etc.

• Brooks when asked if the league should expand its video-replay reviews to include whether a foul is committed: “No, that’s part of the game. You just have to move on to the next game. That’s nothing I’ve thought about. Those aren’t my decisions to make.”

• Adelman reiterated he does not expect Brandon Roy to play again this season. “He briefly practiced one practice, but he really hasn’t done anything,” Adelman said. “We have other guys to look at.”

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