Timberwolves' Kevin Love Reportedly Out for the Season, Will Have Knee Surgery

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIApril 8, 2013

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18: Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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According to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love will miss the remainder of the season and undergo arthroscopic knee surgery. Love has been out since Jan. 3 with a broken hand.

Zgoda states that the procedure is "minor" and will be used to repair scar tissue in Love's left knee.

Love reportedly suffered from knee pain during the course of the season. The original plan was to have the procedure done during the offseason, but the pain has been an issue during recent workouts.

It's expected that Love will need four to six weeks of rehabilitation.

This marks the latest ailment in an injury-plagued season for Love, who has now experienced three separate setbacks.

Love first suffered a setback during the preseason, as he broke his hand doing knuckle-down push-ups during the preseason. Love re-broke his hand in January, fracturing the third metacarpal bone. 

He hasn't played a game since.

Thus far during the 2012-13 NBA season, Love has played a total of 18 games. Since the two-time All-Star went down with his second hand injury, the Timberwolves have gone from 15-14 to 29-47.

With just six games remaining on the schedule, Minnesota is guaranteed to finish the season below .500 for the eighth consecutive season.

This has become an all too familiar story for T-Wolves fans, as Love has struggled with injuries since 2009-10. He missed 22 games in 2010, nine in 2011 and 11 in 2012.

This is the first time that Love has been absent in such an extended manner.

While Love was present in the lineup in 2012-13, his contributions were limited. Love shot a career-worst 35.2 percent from the field and converted 21.7 percent from beyond the arc on 5.1 attempts.

Love was averaging 18.3 points and 14.0 rebounds at the time of his injury.