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Kevin Love hopes to play 15-20 games this year

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 6:56 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013
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The Wolves, who opened the season with designs on making the playoffs for the first time since 2004, have struggled without their star, and several other players who have been injured. They started the day 20-32 and in 12th place in the West.

"A day like today always helps put the bad stuff in the past and really look forward to bigger and brighter things," Love said. "I think that we have had a tough year as far as injuries go. We've been losing a lot. But on a day like today, I think it's really gratifying and nice."

Love said he plans to meet with doctors for another examination on his surgically repaired hand toward the end of the first week in March or the beginning of the second week. He's hoping to return with 15-20 games remaining in the season to try and put a positive end to a most disappointing year.

Love first broke his hand in the preseason, didn't have surgery and returned about 10 days ahead of schedule. He broke it again in January and this time needed surgery to fix it. He said the injury is feeling much better this time around, but he has yet to begin basketball-related activities.

"After surgery, it feels just different. Better," Love said. "It feels like my hand again."

While he is waiting to return to the court, he'll soak up moments like the one he shared with little Avery to try and remember that things could be so much worse.

"When you see a family getting taken care of and what they have to go through, I mentioned perspective," Love said. "It's really great to see what St. Jude's done. It's really great to see."

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