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Timberwolves: Kevin Love won't need surgery on broken hand

Pioneer Press—Saint Paul, Minn.—October 18, 2012

Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman was happy to learn Thursday, Oct. 18, that Kevin Love would not need surgery to heal his broken right hand, but Adelman was quick to declare a new policy for the team: no more knuckle push-ups.

The Wolves confirmed that Love fractured the third and fourth metacarpal bones Wednesday morning at his home while doing knuckle push-ups, a training activity that will sideline the two-time NBA all-star forward six to eight weeks.

Love and Rubio, the Wolves' two best players, both will be out of the lineup until at least mid-December. Love's projected return is more promising after his visit Thursday to Hospital for Special Surgery hand specialist Dr. Andy Weiland, who examined Love and said surgery will not be required.

Weiland told the Wolves that Love still is facing a six- to eight-week recovery, which suddenly puts pressure on an optimistic team to get off to a strong start while Love and Rubio recuperate.

This story originally appeared at twincities.com.


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