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News » Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-23

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-23

Minnesota Timberwolves Getting Inside 2009-11-23An X-ray that Kevin Love hoped would allow him to return to practice instead indicated that his season-opening absence would extend another three weeks.

When Love fractured his left hand in a preseason game at Chicago on Oct. 16, he was expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Love was hopeful Thursday's X-ray would show the hand was completely healed, which would allow him to do more than just shoot with his healthy right hand, as he can now.

"I was a little premature, I guess," Love said. "I've never been injured before, so I was just anxious to get back."

Love's stitches were removed two weeks ago. His cast came off last week, and doctors gave him a flexible splint to wear now.

He can gradually return to practice, and perhaps go all-out in two weeks.

"They said I should add something, a little more each practice," Love said Friday. "I can't have any contact yet, but I did some outside shooting and some dribbling, and I'm working hard to get in shape."

Now he knows what he needs to do next.

Go shopping.

"I've run out of suits," Love said, referring to his game-night attire until he returns to play in a game again. "I need to get a few more."

Love on Saturday missed the second game already this season in his hometown of Portland, Ore., and on Monday he will miss a second chance to play the Clippers in Los Angeles, where he played his college ball at UCLA.

A return date he might target: a Dec. 11 game in Los Angeles against the Lakers, which is exactly three weeks after he was told it'd probably be another three weeks.

TRAIL BLAZERS 106, TIMBERWOLVES 78: The Blazers beat the Wolves for the 11th consecutive time -- their longest current winning streak against any team -- and for the third time in 13 days.

Those first two times, the Blazers won by 23 points each time.

This time, the Wolves led by two points four minutes into the third quarter, then were outscored 57-27 the rest of the way.

The Blazers made 10 3-pointers to the Wolves' two. Martell Webster (21 points, 13 rebounds) had four of those, including three in the third quarter alone.

The Wolves now have lost 12 consecutive games and are one more loss away from equaling the franchise's worst start, 1-13 in the 1994-95 season.

The Wolves haven't won since they came from 16 points behind with fewer than seven minutes to play on opening night and beat New Jersey, which remains the NBA's only winless team (0-13).

Each of the Wolves' last eight losses has been by 10 points or more, an average of 20.6 points.

The franchise-record losing streak is 16 games, reached twice (in the 1991-92 and 1993-94 seasons).

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