Breaking News: Kevin Love Breaks Hand...Fantasy Basketball Panic Time?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 17, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Kevin Love #11 of United States looks on against France during their Men's Basketball Game on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Timberwolves were dealt a serious blow when fantasy MVP candidate Kevin Love suffered a broken hand that could sideline him for a month or two.

Fortunately, he will still be able to work out so conditioning shouldn't be a factor when he returns. Although, being that it is his shooting hand does put a serious damper on things.

Love took his game to the next level last season, averaging 26.0 points, 13.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks, 0.9 steals and 1.9 three-pointers per game. The scoring, steals and three-pointers were all career highs.

He also hoisted up 282 three-point attempts. Though he hit a decent 37.2 percent of them, that did have an adverse effect on his field-goal percentage, which was at a career-low 44.8 percent. The big man shot 82.4 percent from the free-throw line though, so all things considered, it was a brilliant season.

His 2.3 turnovers per game is easy to live with, and given his overall production, he was a lock to be a top three or four pick prior to his injury.

This isn't the type of injury that should linger, but he could miss 15 or more games. That's obviously not the way you want the season to start off for your first-round pick, but if you can stay afloat for a few weeks, it's the end of the year that really matters.

I initially had Love as my third overall pick behind LeBron and Durant (click here to see Top 50 rankings). The injury caused me to move him down a few slots.

There is no guarantee that Russell Westbrook or Deron Williams will play more games than Love (especially considering his durability over the years), but I considered them a little safer picks.

That said, Love is still a top-five choice in my mind.