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Updated: March 23rd, 2011 2:18pm
Kevin Love to miss road trip; Anthony Randolph to start in his place

Kevin Love to miss road trip; Anthony Randolph to start in his place

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Kevin Love will not travel with the Minnesota Timberwolves for their upcoming two game road trip because of a strained left groin muscle suffered last week.

Love did not practice for a second consecutive day Wednesday and was not available for comment afterwards.

He said at practice Tuesday that he originally injured the muscle last Wednesday against the Utah Jazz before aggravating it Friday against the Los Angeles Lakers and again Sunday against the Sacramento Kings.

Despite having a Western Conference worst 54 losses and no double-double streak to play for, Love has said it was a goal of his to play in all 82 games rather than shut down for the rest of the season like so many star players have done historically on teams chasing ping pong balls in the NBA Draft Lottery.

True to form, coach Kurt Rambis would not offer up much insight on Love's injury, "Groin and hamstring injuries, you always have to pay particular attention to them because they can linger."

Rambis said Anthony Randolph will be getting his first start in a Wolves jersey Thursday against the Dallas Mavericks in place of Love.

"We are all intrigued with (Randolph)," he said. "Potentially, with what we can do in a lot of different areas. There is not enough time left in the season to get him acclimated to what we are doing here but he continues to learn and continues to get a little bit better every day."

"It creates a lot of opportunity for whoever is going to be out there (in place of Love)."

Michael Beasley was limited at practice with a nagging hip injury and did not take part in the contact portion, according to Rambis, and it is unknown if he will accompany the team on their two-game road trip that finishes Friday against Oklahoma City or if he will hang back in Minneapolis with Love.

"I still don't know about Michael Beasley (either) so that could change some things too," Rambis said.

Beasley, also, was not available for comment.