Timberwolves' Kevin Loves Fractures Right Hand

For the second time this season Kevin Love has suffered a fractured hand.  The first injury came early in the year when he was doing knuckle push-ups with his trainer.  Love missed three weeks with the injury.  He returned and has helped the Minnesota Timberwolves to a .500 record.  However, with this second injury, it will be difficult for the Timberwolves to get over the hump.

Love re-fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand Thursday night.  According to Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press, an MRI revealed the fracture.  The injury was thought to be a simple fracture of the finger, but it turns out the injury is a re-fracture of the same bone he broke earlier in the year.

The Timberwolves will have Love evaluated further to determine the best course of treatment for their star forward.  However, the injury will significantly impact Minnesota's chances going forward.  Love has been a key part of any success the team has had this season.  Love's injury just adds to the woes the team has had in the injury department this season.

Love is averaging 18.3 points per game and 14.0 rebounds per game.  The numbers are slightly better than his career averages of 17.3 points and 12.2 rebounds per game.  Love is in his fifth NBA season after being drafted out of UCLA.

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