Love has surgery on broken hand

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are calling surgery to repair forward Kevin Love’s broken left hand a success.

Love had the surgery on Tuesday in New York and the team said Thursday

that everything went well. Dr. Andrew Weiland inserted three screws

into Love’s hand, which was broken during a preseason game on Oct. 16

against Chicago.

Love is expected to miss six to eight weeks while recovering.

He averaged 12.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game in the preseason. He

averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 rebounds last season and led the NBA in

offensive rebounding percentage, the first rookie to do so since Hakeem

Olajuwon 24 years ago.

Received 10/22/09 12:44 pm ET