After breaking his hand for the second time in a year, Kevin Love will undergo surgery. The procedure will be to repair the third and fourth metacarpals in the Minnesota Timberwolves' star's hand. As soon as the surgery is complete, Love can begin rehab and focus on returning to the court.
According to the Associated Press (via NBA.com), Love is scheduled to undergo surgery today. He will have the procedure done by Dr. Michelle Carson.
"Love is expected to return sometime in March. The Wolves assessed a recovery time of eight to 10 weeks after he was hurt."
Love will be missed as the Timberwolves continue to fight for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. They are currently two games under .500 and sitting 2 1/2 games out of the eighth and final playoff spot. Because of the injuries the team has sustained this season, it seems unlikely that they will make a run and get into the postseason, and Love's injury surely doesn't help.
Love is averaging 18.3 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game this season. He is in his fifth NBA season. Throughout his career, Love has been known as a guy who would crash the boards, but he has stepped up his scoring in each of the previous two seasons leading into this year.