Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken right hand.
Love sustained the injury in a game on Jan. 3 against Denver. It was the second such injury this season for Love, who broke the same hand in the preseason but returned rather quickly, missing only the first three weeks of the regular season.
Love, who is in the first year of a $62-million contract extension he signed last January, should be sidelined until around mid-March, about a month before the playoffs begin.
Love was averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have not made the playoffs since 2004.
The Timberwolves are currently in 10th place in the Western Conference with a record of 16-16, two games behind Portland for a playoff position.