The Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love does not need surgery to repair two broken bones in his right hand.
Love met with specialists in New York on Thursday, one day after breaking bones in his shooting hand while doing knuckle pushups. Doctors informed the All-Star forward that the injury can heal without surgery, but he is still expected to miss six to eight weeks.
The injury means the Timberwolves will be without two key players -- Ricky Rubio isn't expected back until mid-December at the earliest because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee -- for the first month of the regular season, and possibly longer.
Minnesota opens against Sacramento on Nov. 2.
Denny Hamlin said he had his "bell rung" after a crash during full-field testing at Kansas Speedway. He was going 202 mph at the 1.5-mile tri-oval when he clipped the rear of his No. 11 Toyota on the wall. His primary car for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race shot toward the apron and Hamlin over-corrected, sending it into the outside wall. He then visited the care center but said Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s decision to step out of his car after two concussions in a six-week span didn't have a bearing on going to the center. Earnhardt will miss his second straight race Sunday.