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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Kevin Love is officially shut down by Timberwolves


Kevin Love was injured April 11 in a game against the Denver Nuggets. (Chris Schneider / AP)
The Minnesota Timberwolves are taking no chances. They’re shutting Kevin Love down.

Love, who has not played since suffering a concussion when he was elbowed in the head by JaVale McGee in an April 11 game against the Denver Nuggets, had been cleared to play Sunday after suffering a mild concussion and a strained neck.

Love returned to practice, but Coach Rick Adelman said that the now beardless Love, the league’s fourth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder, was done for the year. Luke Ridnour, who has been out since April 2 with a sprained ankle, also was shut down.

“Everybody talked about it and the decision was made,” Adelman said of Love. The biggest consideration, via the Star-Tribune, was Love’s lengthy layoff and the fact that Sunday’s game, a 93-88 loss to Golden State, was the T-wolves’ next-to-last of the season. “It's been 10-11 days since he played.”

Next stop for Love may well be London. He’s one of 20 finalists for the U.S. Olympic team.

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