Timberwolves Injury News: Kevin Love to Return in December

Kevin Love has been out with a broken hand.  He suffered the injury while doing knuckle push-ups with a trainers said sources at the time.  He was expected to miss six to eight weeks due to the injury.  If that's the case, and if his rehab goes according to plan, the Minnesota Timberwolves star would have been expected to return in early December at the earliest.  Well, it looks like a best-case scenario will win out for the Wolves.

According to Darren Wolfson of ESPN Radio 1500 in Minnesota, Love is expected to return in early December.  This comes from the Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor.  Taylor said Love does not have any more swelling in the hand and should be ready to go.

Love was drafted fifth overall by Minnesota in the 2008 draft.  He was a standout in college for UCLA and has been very good since starting his NBA career.  Love has improved in each of his four seasons coming into this year.  In his rookie year, he averaged 11.1 points per game.  Last season, he averaged 26.0 points per game.  Overall, Love has great all-around game.  He has a career average of 17.3 points per game and 12.0 rebounds per game.

The Timberwolves, who are trying to build on youth, are already without point guard Ricky Rubio who tore up his knee.  They need Love back as soon as possible.  Minnesota is 3-1 on this young season, but to maintain their success, they will need their core intact and on the court.  Love's return in December should be a huge boost.

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