Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will undergo surgery on his twice-broken right hand that is expected to sideline the All-Star between 8-to-10 weeks, the team announced on Wednesday.
Love re-fractured the hand during the third quarter of last Thursday's 101-97 win at Denver. He had initially broke the third and fourth metacarpals during preseason workouts in October and missed the first nine games of the regular season as a result.
Since returning from the first injury, Love has averaged 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds in 18 games. The fifth-year pro would rank second in the NBA in rebounding if he had enough games to qualify.
Love will have his latest surgery performed in New York by Dr. Andy Weiland, a hand specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.