Kevin Love will be getting surgery to repair the same third and fourth metacarpal in his right hand that he injured during the off season. Love was able to avoid surgery the first time around, but this time around he’ll be getting surgery to prevent his hand from breaking again. As a result, Love will most likely be out 8-10 weeks instead of the 3-4 weeks that caused him to be out when he didn’t have surgery.
The Timberwolves have suffered from a slew of injuries all season, but they’re learning to deal with it as positively as possible. "We're going to miss him a lot, but there's nothing we can do about that right now," Ricky Rubio said. "We just have to keep moving forward."
"I think this time, he needs to do it right, to recover fully, recover all the way to the end," Nikola Pekovic said. "The last time, the previous time he got hurt, he kind of hurried. So maybe, I'm not a doctor, I don't know. Maybe that's the reason: It's not healed all the way. I'm sure this time he'll heal it up all the way."
Love was averaging 18ppg and 14rpg, but the Timberwolves will now have to lean on a combination of Derrick Williams and Dante Cunningham to fill in the void for their franchise power forward.