Coming off an emotional loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday, the New York Knicks may have caught a break as Minnesota Timberwolves’ superstar Kevin Love did not make the trip to New York.
Love is out with what the ‘Wolves are calling an eye injury.
In Minnesota’s win over Oklahoma City on Thursday, Love grabbed a offensive rebound late in the fourth quarter
was inadvertently poked in the eye in the process. While Love attempted to grab the rebound against three smaller Thunder defenders, he was fouled on the play by Reggie Jackson and poked in the left eye by former UCLA teammate Russell Westbrook.
After the game, he told reporters he wasn’t sure how severe the eye injury was but he was going to have it checked out by the team’s training and medical staff shortly after. Minnesota’s PR department confirmed that Love wouldn’t play against the Knicks.
— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) December 22, 2012
That is huge news for the Knicks, who aren’t a very good rebounding team to begin with.
While I love to watch Love play, I definitely didn’t want to see another 30-30 type of game from him against the Knicks.
Minnesota head coach Rick Adelman hasn’t named a replacement in the starting lineup for Love but his two options are pretty much Dante Cunningham and Derrick Williams. Cunningham has one start in Love’s place this season and Williams has started nine games this season.
Love has missed 10 games so far this season due to a broken hand, the flu, and now his eye injury. The Wolves are 6-4 in games without Love and 7-7 when he does play.
Minnesota has been the most banged up team in the NBA this season, but won’t get any sympathy from the Knicks, who have had to deal with plenty of injuries of their own.
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