During today’s morning work-out, Minnesota Timberwolves Star, Kevin Love suffered a broken right hand. The injury is expected to keep him out six to eight weeks, delaying his 2012-13 season debut into late November – or even early December. The exact extent of the injury appears to be a fracture of his third and fourth metacarpal; however, it is reported that Love will be examined by Dr. Andy Weiland, a hand specialist in New York, on Thursday for further evaluation.
Love’s injury comes one day after his team defeated Maccabi Haifa in a preseason exhibition. Love scored a team-high twenty-four points in the game, alongside pulling down eight rebounds, in thirty-one minutes of action. The star’s availability for that game was also in questions, as it was reported that he had hurt his right elbow prior to tip-off – an injury that actually kept him out of their last preseason game against the Chicago Bulls.
The Timberwolves are already dealing with the injury to Ricky Rubio, making their start to the upcoming season appear to be less than spectacular. They have signed Brandon Roy, among others; however, losing their star for a possible two month stretch could eliminate them from playoff contention quite early.
The Timberwolves rely on Love for a majority of their scoring and rebounding, making this injury unbearable to the organization. There is no telling as to how good a team can be with Brandon Roy leading the charge. On the bright-side, iIt may be time to finally see if Derrick Williams can carry the load as a former number two overall pick.
The Timberwolves will begin the season at home vs the Sacramento Kings, after three more preseason games.
- Dave Hilts