Originally written October 23, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MINNEAPOLIS Tomorrow marks a week, and we're still talking about it. Kevin's points. Kevin's rebounds. Replacing Kevin. We'll probably be talking about it for the next five to seven weeks, until Kevin Love returns. The Timberwolves aren't going to replace Love, not in a true sense. They're going to compensate as best they can without their star player, and that will mean continued adjustments and most likely some disappointments, too. That's why this conversation won't end. The hottest topic right now is the way the team will use small forward Andrei Kirilenko at power forward, a move Rick Adelman won't hesitate to make in Love's absence. Kirilenko is smaller, an inch shorter than Love, and he weighs in at about 20 pounds less. That'll mean adjustments, especially on defense, where Kirilenko will have to use his length and quickness to make up for whatever lack of size he brings. He can post up, Adelman said, but only really against s...
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