Former Timberwolves forward Al Jefferson, in his third season with the Utah Jazz, expressed admiration for Wolves forward Kevin Love, who has had trouble regaining his shooting touch after breaking two bones in his right hand in October.

"You have to honor and pay respect to him for playing through it," Jefferson said of Love before the Wolves' game Wednesday night, Jan. 2, against the Jazz. "Some people who have already gotten their big contract, and have that type of situation, they would just rest it. He's not that type of guy. He loves the game and wants to be out there with his teammates."

Jefferson was referring to the four-year, $62 million contract extension Love signed last year to avoid becoming a free agent after the 2012-13 season. Love entered Wednesday's game shooting only 34.3 percent (22 of 64) in the Wolves' previous four games.

"If he keeps doing what he's doing, keep working at it, he'll be fine," Jefferson said of Love.