Losing Kevin Love to injury leaves a huge hole in the Minnesota Timberwolves' lineup, but coach Rick Adelman can't afford for his team to wait for the All-Star forward to return.
Now, it's uncertain when Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic will be back.
Point guard Ricky Rubio, though, is expected to return from his injury on Tuesday night when the host Timberwolves try to end an 11-game losing streak to the Atlanta Hawks.
After missing the first three weeks of the season with a broken right hand, Love re-fractured that hand in Thursday's 101-97 victory at Denver. Love - averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds - will visit a hand specialist in New York City this week, and the Timberwolves (15-14) will learn if he'll need surgery.
"The league doesn't stop for you, there's nobody coming over the mountain for us, it's who we've got right now,'' Adelman said after Saturday's 102-97 home loss to Portland. "And that's what we have to do, and everybody has to step up.''
Without Love, P...