The Minnesota Timberwolves got their franchise player back ahead of schedule, and he certainly didn't disappoint.
His team did once again.
Minnesota looks for a similar performance from Kevin Love but a different result Friday, trying to avoid a fourth consecutive loss as it travels to face the Portland Trail Blazers.
Love was a surprise activation prior to Wednesday's game against Denver, though his return didn't immediately change the Timberwolves' recent fortune as they lost 101-94. The two-time All-Star came back much earlier than expected - he was supposed to miss six to eight weeks when he broke his right hand Oct. 18 - and gave Minnesota (5-5) a boost with 34 points and 14 rebounds.
"I didn't want to make a big deal about it," Love said. "I told my teammates, and they didn't really believe me. Once they saw a jersey in my locker, they believed it was true."
After missing his team's first nine games, Love wasn't at full strength though he started strong with 16 points on ...