Wolves preseason record: 1-3
X-rays taken at the arena showed he broke the fourth metacarpal bone in that hand and the initial estimate is he will miss the next six to eight weeks. Love will see a hand specialist Monday to find out if the injury will require surgery.
“Freak accident,” he said as he sat at his locker stall following a 94-90 loss to the Chicago Bulls, his left hand heavily bandaged.
“Fortunately, it’s my non-shooting hand,” Love said after Minnesota’s 94-90 preseason loss to the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
That’s about the only thing that went right for the Timberwolves.
Tyrus Thomas, who missed four games with a bruised right hip, had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, and Jannero Pargo hit the go-ahead jumper in the final minute.
Chicago led most of the way until Minnesota’s Damien Wilkins hit two free throws to tie it at 87 with 47.9 seconds left. Pargo then buried a jumper from the top of the key that sent the Bulls (5-1) to their third straight win and second in three nights over the Timberwolves (1-3).
Jefferson played 34 minutes despite fighting a cold, recording 10 points and 16 rebounds. Brewer played only 25 because of first-half foul trouble, but he was the Wolves’ leading scorer with 20 points.
Without him, newcomers Ryan Hollins and Oleksiy Pecherov will be asked to step to the forefront.
Pecherov shook off Wednesday’s dreadful debut by scoring 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting in nearly 21 minutes off the bench. He also had five rebounds.
Pecherov hoisted up six three-point attempts and made two.