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Kevin Love hoping to return from broken hand in mid-March

Kevin Love is hoping to play in at least 15-20 games before the end of this season.

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Love hopes to return from broken hand in mid-March

Timberwolves star Kevin Love hopes to return from a hand injury with 15-20 games remaining this season.

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Kevin Love to miss 2 months

All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss the next two months of the NBA season after re-fracturing his hand.

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Love re-injures hand

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has re-fractured the third metacarpal on his right hand.

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Shocker: Kevin Love returns to court

Minnesota big man Kevin Love was a surprise activation for Wednesday's game against Denver.

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Love avoids surgery, timetable for return is iffy

Injured Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love (broken right hand) recently visited hand specialist Dr. Andy Weiland and learned that he will not need surgery to repair his hand, according to a report from the Associated Press. However, the team acknowledged in a statement that the same evaluation confirmed Love's expected return will be in 6-8 weeks. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports has put the timetable for Love's return at 5 to 6 weeks.

Minnesota is already without point guard Ricky Rubio, so Love's absence puts them in a tight spot at the start of the season. The big man injured his hand while doing knuckle push-ups with personal trainer Rob McClanaghan, and in the wake of the injury, Love has released a statement that tries to keep things positive: "Although I'm disappointed that this injury happened, I will work extremely hard to stay in shape and return to the court as quickly as possible."

Without Love, former No. 2 pick Derrick Williams will see more time on the floor, along with Dante Cunningham and veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko. Williams has some pressure on him to produce, because head coach Rick Adelman hasn't exactly been impressed with the second-year forward's production or approach.

The regular season starts for the Timberwolves on Nov. 2 when they host the Sacramento Kings.

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Can Derrick Williams escape Adelman's doghouse?

Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love is expected to miss five to eight weeks weeks of action with a broken hand, which means second-year forward Derrick Williams will get an opportunity to prove he was worth the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Head coach Rick Adelman has never exactly endorsed Williams as a good fit for his offense, which was recently noted by Britt Robson of the Minnesota Post. Robson goes on to identify court vision, ball-sharing and team defense as "glaring weaknesses in Williams' game."

On draft night the experts debated whether the former Arizona Wildcats standout would fit better as a small forward or a stretch power forward in the NBA, and the experiments with slotting Williams part time at each spot haven't been too encouraging. His 26.8 percent accuracy from beyond the arc, 49.9 TS% and 12.97 PER leave plenty to be desired, especially for a premium draft pick. Robson points out that Adelman wants his young forward to focus on attacking the rim:

During the first few days of camp, Adelman raved about Williams' attitude and conditioning.

But as the camp unfolded and during the preseason games to date, some familiar problems have arisen. One is shot selection. Adelman wants fewer jumpers and more drives to the rim. Williams said the coach has urged him to "attack attack attack" for his points, which is why we have seen Adelman spin and grimace as Williams clanks jump shots during this preseason.

If the message on shot selection doesn't seep in, Adelman could turn to Dante Cunningham or slide veteran forward Andrei Kirilenko over from his small forward spot. That wouldn't be a good sign for the team, however, because Williams' trade value would take a big hit if teams see he can't beat out a backup like Cunningham for minutes.

The Minnesota Timberwolves begin their season Nov. 2, when they play host to DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings.

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Love could return in 5-6 weeks

Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love might only miss 5 to 6 weeks due to his broken hand, instead of the originally predicted 6 to 8 weeks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Love met with a doctor in New York and received the news that his rehab time might be reduced.

Love broke his hand doing knuckle push-ups with personal trainer Rob McClanaghan and found out that he will not need surgery to repair the injury.

Love led the Timberwolves in scoring and rebounding last season with 26.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game, totals good enough to place him fourth in the league in scoring and second in rebounds. Love earned second team All-NBA honors and finished sixth in MVP voting. He spent the offseason as a member of the 2012 USA Basketball team that took gold in the London Olympics.

The Minnesota Timberwolves begin their season on Nov. 2, when they host the Sacramento Kings.

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Love's injury is opportunity for Williams, AK-47

Kevin Love's injury is devastating for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but they can manage it if one of two combo forwards raises their game at their more natural position.

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