Kevin Love will need surgery on his injured hand and is expected to miss 8 to 10 weeks, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Love re-fractured his right hand in the Timberwolves game against the Nuggets last Thursday, suffering the same injury that held him out for the start of the 2012-13 season in Minnesota. Spears reports that the surgery will take place next week.
Love first broke the hand during the team's training camp on Oct. 17, and he did not return until the end of November, missing the Timberwolves first nine games. An MRI over the weekend revealed that Love had re-fractured the third metacarpal in his hand, but the immediate timetable for his return was still unknown. The news Wednesday clarifies that, and it appears Love will likely miss the next two months of the season.
Love, an All-Star and Olympic team member, is the leader of a Timberwolves team that hoped to make a push for a playoff spot in the Western Conference this year. He was averaging 18.3 points and 14 rebounds in 18 games this season. His loss, along with the continued limited availability of Ricky Rubio, is a huge blow to any postseason plans for Minnesota.
UPDATE: The Wolves have confirmed the news.