Minnesota Timberwolves: Are Kevin Love’s Shooting Woes Rust, Injury, or Both?

December 1st, 2012 by Michael Dunlap Leave a reply »
Kevin Love has finally made his triumphant return to the Minnesota Timberwolves after a freak hand injury early in the season. The Wolves have played six games since his return, with just two wins to show for it. Love has been a beast on the boards, but has struggled with his shooting. Is it rust or something more?

A closer look at Love's numbers shows that he's performing at a very impressive level, but offensively it's because of volume.

Season Age Tm Lg G GS MP FG% 3P% FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS 2012-13 24 MIN NBA 6 6 35.7 .370 .194 .683 3.8 11.5 15.3 1.7 1.3 0.5 2.0 2.7 21.7 Career     NBA 275 193 31.8 .454 .362 .818 3.9 8.2 12.1 1.9 0.6 0.5 1.9 2.4 17.4 Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/1/2012. His shooting percentages are all below his career averages and well below his numbers from the previous two seasons. Love had been wearing a glove to protect his hand over most of the first three games he played, before tearing it off in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors.

In his past three games, he's shot 16-for-48 (33.3 percent) fro ...

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