Minneapolis, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love's fractured hand will not need surgery, but further evaluation on Thursday confirmed the team's initial report that the two-time All-Star will miss six to eight weeks.
Love fractured the third and fourth metacarpal in his right hand, his shooting hand, on Wednesday morning while working out at his home.
"I had a post-practice commitment and decided to work out at my home with my personal trainer before heading to Target Center," Love said in a team-released statement on Thursday. "While doing various pushups, including knuckle pushups, which are part of my regular workout routine, I hurt my hand. I immediately knew something was wrong and called head athletic trainer Gregg Farnam."
The team initially announced the injury news on Wednesday afternoon, with Love flying to New York on Thursday for a second opinion from hand specialist Dr. Andy Weiland.
"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," Love's statement continued. "We have added a lot of depth to our roster this season, and I have complete confidence in my teammates and coaching staff that they will step up and we will be successful during this time. I'm looking forward to supporting our team and helping out any way I can until I get back on the court."
The Timberwolves open play in the 2012-13 regular season at home on November 2 against the Sacramento Kings.