MINNEAPOLIS — First, Al Jefferson is out for the season after undergoing surgery on a damaged knee ligament. Jefferson averaged a team-leading 23.1 points and 11 rebounds in 50 games before he was injured two weeks ago. He had 34 points and 13 rebounds in the Timberwolves’ loss to the Lakers on Jan. 30.
Second, Kevin Love has replaced Jefferson as the Timberwolves’ center. Love, a 6-foot-10 rookie from UCLA, is averaging modest totals of 9.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in 54 games. He is slated to make only his 13th start of the season today against the Lakers.
Third, Bobby Brown and Shelden Williams are expected to make their Timberwolves debuts today after they were acquired last week from Sacramento for Rashard McCants and Calvin Booth. Brown and Williams did not dress for Friday’s loss to the Indiana Pacers. (UPDATE: Williams is on the inactive list).