MINNEAPOLIS Once again, the Timberwolves are left wondering what if.
What if Kevin Love's hand hadn't shattered not once, but twice? What if Chase Budinger's knee ligament hadn't sliced itself into pieces? What if Brandon Roy's brittle joints had a season left in them?
And now, on a much more micro level than any of those nagging questions, what if Andrei Kirilenko hadn't sat out the second half of Monday's 100-98 loss with a strained right quad?
Kirilenko left the Timberwolves' game with 1:19 remaining in the first half, diagnosed with a right quad strain. Though initially listed as questionable, he did not return, and he remained in the Timberwolves' locker room nearly an hour after the game getting treatment. At the time of his exit, Kirilenko had two points on four shot attempts. Mickael Gelabale started the third quarter in his place.
Without Kirilenko, the Timberwolves were down to a six-man bench yet again; the team has had 12 healthy players for just 3.5 games since Dec...