Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 1/5/13
Love84034369
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 difference when facing Portland (17-15). The Timberwolves (15-14) have dropped 18 of the last 20 meetings with the Trail Blazers, while going 2-11 with Love, who is averaging 17.8 points and 10.7 rebounds. That trend continued Nov. 23, when Love had 24 points and 13 boards in a 103-95 loss at Portland. He had 29 and 16 to spur a 106-94 victory in the most recent home meeting March 7, ending Minnesota's eight-game slide there in the series. J.J. Barea is looking to build on another strong performance after scoring 17 points with five assists Thursday. He had only four points while making 1 of 8 from the field, while the Timberwolves shot a season-low 34.5 percent - 2 for 17 from long range - in a 106-84 loss at Utah a day earlier. Minnesota made 44.6 percent from the floor - 6 for 16 from beyond the arc - against the Nuggets. "You're going to have a couple of games a year like we did in Utah," said guard Luke Ridnour, who had 14 points Thursday after totaling 12 in the previous two games. "You just don't want to have too many of them. Fortunately, everybody bounced back." The Trail Blazers, 2-1 on this four-game road trip, had their own bounce-back performance Friday, winning 86-84 at Memphis following a 102-79 defeat to Toronto two days prior. They held the Grizzlies to 39.5 percent from the floor after the Raptors hit 53.2. "We have to be resilient," guard Wesley Matthews said. "We have players that have been through the fire. We are full of resilient players." Another strong performance from Matthews would help. He had 21 points while hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers against the Grizzlies after totaling 20 points in his first two games since missing six of the previous nine with a strained left hip. Portland is 5-2 when he scores at least 20. Matthews is averaging 21.5 points while converting 51.7 percent of his shots from the floor over his past eight meetings with Minnesota, including a season-high 30 points Nov. 23. LaMarcus Aldridge, who will likely find himself matched up with Love, managed 13 points in that game, but he's averaging 23.0 over the past four visits to the Target Center. He had 15 points and 12 rebounds while making 5 of 15 field goals Friday.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Zach Britton has potential oblique injury

The Rock returns to WWE, leaves CM Punk a voicemail after 'Raw'

After outfield collision, Ichiro pranks teammate and claims he’s been cut

Simeon Rice gets vulgar with radio host over HOF debate

Ronda Rousey to be guest star on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Lakers replace Jim Buss with Magic Johnson, fire Kupchak

Report: James Harrison, Steelers share mutual interest in 2017 return

Jimmy Garoppolo’s mom keeping him up to speed on his trade rumors

Report: Clippers intent on keeping both Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

Slam dunks and startups: How all-star technology took over the NBA in The Big Easy

Report: Tyrod Taylor might not be released by Bills after all

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

Box Score 2/21: It's trade heartbreak season

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams and players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Movies you can stream now to get your football fix

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Nintendo is finally, thankfully embracing sports and eSports

The 'Did the Kings just make the Pelicans into a super team?' quiz

Will the Timberwolves start showcasing their potential?

'Playmakers' in Ice Cube's league who can help the Cavs

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher to win 100 games with two different teams

The guard tandems you'd want in a 2-on-2 tournament

We got our hands on the new Nintendo Switch, here are our first impressions

Top 10 second basemen in baseball for 2017

Teams, players who could be dealing at the NBA trade deadline

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker