Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 1/5/13
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Kevin Love is hurt again, but the Minnesota Timberwolves withstood his latest injury their last time out. Having him available against the Portland Trail Blazers hasn't mattered much. With Love's status unclear, the Timberwolves will try to beat their Northwest Division rivals for just the third time in over five years Saturday night. Love is nursing a sprained finger on his right hand, which forced him to exit in the third quarter of Thursday's 101-97 win at Denver. He still finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds in 24 minutes. He broke the same hand in October, missing the opening nine games of the season, and he's sat out a couple more last month with eye and thumb ailments. The injuries have contributed to Love's 35.2 percent shooting from the floor, nearly 10 percent less than his career average. "He said he could have played, but he couldn't shoot," coach Rick Adelman said Thursday. It's uncertain if Love's status has improved since, but he's struggled to make a differe...
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