The Minnesota Timberwolves obviously got bad news on Wednesday with the report that forward Kevin Love will be out 6-8 weeks after breaking the third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand. He apparently suffered the injury while doing knuckle push-ups during a workout with his personal trainer on Wednesday morning and that timetable puts his return somewhere around late November or early December.
But some positive news did come on Thursday because Love will reportedly not require surgery to repair the injury. His timetable for recovery remains unchanged, but the possibility of returning to action in closer to six weeks seems to be there if no surgery is required. There is a bit of conflicting news as national NBA writer Adrian Wojnarowski has reported Love could return in 4-6 weeks while the Timberwolves are saying he will be out 6-8 weeks.
So it seems we can expect Love to miss around six weeks for sure with anything significantly shorter or longer than that being a surprise. With an early season schedule that looks fairly easy and point guard Ricky Rubio (left knee) expected to be out until at least December himself, the Timberwolves will surely not rush either of their two best players back into action.
While Love is out, 2011 #2 overall pick Derrick Williams should get a chance to play a lot at power forward. Williams lost weight during the offseason to prepare to play more at small forward, but he still has enough girth to hold up at power forward over the first month-plus of the season with Love sidelined. If nothing else, Love’s injury will show what coach Rick Adelman thinks of Williams and also allow the Timberwolves to further evaluate him as a potential trade chip or a long-term piece of the team’s future.