Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love could be out as long as 8 weeks
Some of the air has come out of the Minnesota Timberwolves sails this week. Kevin Love the second year forward injured his left (non-shooting) hand in the MN Timberwolves Preseason game against the Chicago Bulls last Friday. After playing on Friday, the Timberwolves released a statement that said Kevin Love had broken the fourth metacarpal on his left hand.
Timberwolves General Manager David Khan released a statement saying, "Kevin will have all the resources necessary here to help with his recuperation, and ideally he'll be back on the court closer to six weeks than eight weeks. Having said that, the most important thing is that his hand fully heals before he plays." Kevin Love's surgery will be in New York today at New York City's Hospital for Special Surgeries.
Last season for the Timberwolves, Kevin Love averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 rebounds in 25.3 minutes per game and led the NBA in offensive rebounding percentage. While new rookie Jonny Flynn and the rest of the Timberwolves roster are already stepping up to fill in the big gap left by an injured Kevin Love, it is clear that until Love returns to the courts, the Timberwolves are going to be missing their best rebounder.