Kevin Love scheduled for hand surgery on Tuesday
The surgery to repair the third and fourth metacarpal bones in Kevin Love’s right hand will be performed by New York based surgeon Dr. Michelle Carson at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Kevin Love is expected to miss 8-10 weeks and return around mid-to-late March.
This is the second time this season Kevin Love will miss time with the same injury to his right hand. Kevin Love initially fractured the bones in his right hand while doing knuckle pushups at home on 17th October. The two-time All-Star Kevin Love missed the start of the regular while rehabbing the injury, but opted against surgery. Kevin Love eventually returned in November after missing nine games.
But his return was short-lived as Kevin Love reinjured the same hand in the third quarter of a 3rd January win over the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center.
In 18 games this season, Kevin Love has been the Minnesota Timberwolves’ leading scorer, averaging 18.3 points and 14 rebounds per game. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been 9-9 in games with Kevin Love and 7-9 without him.
Kevin Love’s status is another blow to the Minnesota Timberwolves’s season (16-18) as they’ve faced a slew of injuries. The Minnesota Timberwolves had 10 players injured at different instances throughout the season, who combined for 129 games missed.
At the moment, the Minnesota Timberwolves have forward Chase Budinger and Brandon Roy ruled out indefinitely, while guard Malcom Lee is expecting hip and knee surgery which could have him sidelined for the rest of the season joining swingman Josh Howard (knee) as audience to the team’s struggles from the bench. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio has also missed the past four games with back spasms after missing the initial six weeks of the season rehabbing from knee surgery.
The piling injuries have cost the Minnesota Timberwolves a realistic shot at the playoffs as they’ve dropped to the 10th ranking in the Western Conference.