MINNEAPOLIS There's a reddish scar snaking down the middle of Kevin Love's right hand. You see it a bit more, now that the swelling has gone down, now that the hand looks a bit more like a hand and less like an overfilled, lumpy balloon. It's been almost 10 weeks since Love's Jan. 15 surgery and the most conservative estimates of his return date are soon arriving, but the Timberwolves power forward has still yet to suit up.
Soon, he hopes, that will change.
Love will have a CT scan on his hand later this week -- he does not yet know the exact date -- and will send the scan to his surgeon in New York. Like two weeks ago, when he traveled to New York for an in-person visit, Love hopes this will be the final consultation before he's cleared to participate in full-contact practices.
When Love was cleared to return from his first hand injury this season, he surprised everyone and played that night, on Nov. 21. This time around, though, he says he'd want to get...