Kevin Love, forward for the Minnesota Timberwolves, broke his hand prior to the team's practice on Thursday. It was originally thought that he broke his hand during practice, but it turns out he broke it while doing knuckle push-ups prior to practice with a trainer. The bad news is Love will be out. The good news is surgery will not be necessary and the amount of time he misses may be less than initially thought.
Originally, the Timberwolves had said Love would miss 6-8 weeks with the fractured hand. That estimate has been revised and he may return sooner. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Love will not need surgery on his hand, and he could shave a couple weeks off his recovery time.
The 24-year old Love is entering his fifth season in the NBA after a stand-out college career with UCLA. In his previous four seasons with the Timberwolves, Love has averaged 17.3 points per game. He averaged 26 points per game last season in what seemed to be his breakout year. He is key to the rebuilding effort in Minnesota. The team is trying to use a core of good, young players to build themselves back into a contender.
After meeting with doctor in N.Y., there appears real chance Kevin Love could return within 5 to 6 weeks from broken hand, source tells Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 18, 2012
Minnesota opens the season on November 2nd and host the Sacramento Kings. With about two weeks left in the preseason, Love will likely miss the first three weeks of the regular season.