Ray Richardson, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. –
The Minnesota Timberwolves have decided to keep Kevin Love sidelined the rest of the season, even though the all-star forward was cleared to play by the NBA after recovering from a mild concussion and strained neck.
Timberwolves media relations director Mike Cristaldi said Love had passed all the tests involved in the NBA’s new concussion policy but said the “organization” decided to have Love skip the team’s final two games.
“Everybody talked about it and the decision was made,” Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman said Sunday, April 22, about the organization’s decision. “It’s been 10 or 11 days since he played.”
The Timberwolves (26-38), who were eliminated from Western Conference playoff contention on April 12, play the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night at Target Center and conclude the season Thursday night at home against the Denver Nuggets.
Love was struck in the head by an inadvertent elbow from Nuggets center JaVale McGee in Denver on April 11. The injury occurred in the first quarter and temporarily knocked Love unconscious. When Love was able to get up, he needed assistance to get to the locker room. He was later taken to a nearby Denver hospital and remained overnight for observation.
Love practiced with the Timberwolves on Saturday for the first time since his injury but expressed uncertainty after the practice about playing in the final two games. Love ends his fourth NBA season ranked second in the league in rebounding (13.3) and fourth
in scoring (26.0).