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insidehoops 01-06-2013 10:01 AM

Kevin Love's hand is broken again
An MRI taken Saturday revealed that Timberwolves forward Kevin Love re-fractured the third metacarpal on his right hand Thursday night, the same injury that cost him most of the first month of the season. He will go to New York this week to visit with a hand specialist, after which the team will look to establish a timeline. Love was initially diagnosed with a sprained finger, and X-rays came back negative, so this news comes as something of a surprise. Derrick Williams will likely see an increased role in Love's absence.

Analysis: This latest injury was not expected to be a serious one, but now it looks like he will have to miss significant time yet again. When he first suffered the injury, he was given a 4-6 week timetable for recovery, but he was able to return earlier than expected. We will obviously monitor this situation with Love moving forward, however do not be surprised if he is forced to miss at least a few weeks of playing time. Love is obviously worth stashing in all formats, but Fantasy owners will need to find a replacement for him, yet again.

-- CBS Sports

insidehoops 01-10-2013 08:23 AM

Re: Kevin Love's hand is broken again
He's out 8-10 weeks

The Timberwolves officially announced forward Kevin Love will be sidelined 8-10 weeks after he undergoes hand surgery next week. Love re-fractured the third metacarpal in his right hand Jan. 3 against the Nuggets. Derrick Williams and Dante Cunningham will continue to split time at power forward in his absence.

Analysis: We knew Love was headed for surgery, but we didn't know of a timetable. Well, now one is coming into focus and it's not good. Love has been limited to 18 games this season because of his hand issues and it appears he is going to miss at least two more months of action. Clearly, Love is worth stashing in Fantasy while he is sidelined. It's just a tough loss for Fantasy owners since Love is an elite option.

-- CBS Sports

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