Kevin Love's right hand still doesn't feel right. On Wednesday, Love played his eighth game since returning from two broken bones in the hand. He led his team with 19 points and 13 rebounds. But it took him 15 shots to score those 19 points. And, on a night when the Wolves missed 16 of 30 free throws, Love went 6-for-12 from the line. After the game, Love said the healing hand is giving his shot all kinds of trouble. "A lot of this is me getting my legs back, getting in the weight room. But when I shoot, it feels like the ball is coming off the outside of my hand, rather than these two fingers like I like it," Love said, pointing to the index and middle fingers on his right hand. "It's something that will give eventually," he continued. "I still feel confident shooting it. I'll still shoot those shots. Eventually it will get there, it will just take time." In his eight games this season Love is shooting 36.1 percent from the field, 26.4 percent on three-pointers and 64.3 percent from the free-throw line. His career numbers in those areas are, respectively, 45.7 percent, 37.2 percent and 82.3 percent. Part of the problem, Love said, is general conditioning. But the biggest problem is the feel of his shot. "I think it's touch," he said. "I've been shooting the ball 18 years of my life now. It's just the hand being so idle, having to strengthen it. Getting the ball to feel right in my hand has been such a struggle since getting back on the court a couple weeks ago. It's definitely a struggle right now, on top of just being fatigued, having to get my legs back. It's been tough."
Love's hand is healing; shot still hurting
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Dec 6