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Updated: January 3rd, 2013 9:46pm
Kevin Love leaves early with hand injury, but avoids major scare

Kevin Love leaves early with hand injury, but avoids major scare

by Phil Mackey
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The hits keep coming for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Kevin Love left Thursday night's game against the Denver Nuggets in the third quarter with a sprained right finger.

The injury, and Love wincing while walking to the back with a trainer, was initially worrisome, considering he missed several games to start the season with a broken right hand.

Before leaving the game, Love scored 12 points (4-of-13) and grabbed 17 rebounds.

The Wolves return home Saturday to play the Portland Trailblazers, and Love's status for that game is currently unknown.

Love's shooting has been off all season. After hitting on 45% of his shots and 37% from three-point range last year, Love entered Thursday shooting just 35% overall and 22% from beyond the arc.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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