Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/6/13
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MINNEAPOLIS There are no simple mathematics to missing Kevin Love. On Saturday, the Timberwolves lost by five points, 102-97, to the Trail Blazers. Love is good for those five points, easy. He's good for an average of 18 this season, 30 or more when he's on. But that comes at the expense, perhaps, of Derrick Williams' 18 fourth-quarter points Saturday, of Dante Cunningham's two crucial steals, of a good handful of Nikola Pekovic's points in the paint. And maybe Love slows the defense. Maybe he'd spark the offense. Maybe he'd, maybe he'd, maybe he'd But before you get tied up in complex mathematics that will never yield an answer, know this: The Timberwolves are better off with Love than without him, which is where they find themselves again after he re-fractured his right hand this week. That, I'm afraid, is a thing of black and white. In spite of this slump that for anyone else would be a solid stretch, in spite of his at times strained relationship with the franchise, in spite ...
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