Wolves' Love likely to miss six weeks

Updated: October 17, 2009, 2:18 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Minnesota forward Kevin Love fractured a bone in his left hand during the Timberwolves' 94-90 preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night and will likely miss about six weeks.


Love banged his hand against teammate Oleksiy Pecherov's elbow trying to go for a rebound on a missed free throw late in the third quarter and fractured the fourth metacarpal. The injury is to his non-shooting hand and he hopes to return at the end of November or early December.

"Fortunately, it's my non-shooting hand," Love said afterward.

Love led all rookies and ranked ninth in the NBA in rebounding at 9.1 per game last season, setting a team rookie record with 734 rebounds.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report