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NBA Roundup: T-wolves' Love out 6-8 weeks, NBA cuts out handshakes/rituals

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will miss six to eight weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand during a Wednesday morning workout, the team announced.

Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand.

Such a timetable puts Love to return in late November, which will cost him roughly the first 13-18 games of the season.

The 24-year-old Love appeared in 55 games last season -- he also missed time with a broken left hand -- and averaged 26 points per game.

The Timberwolves are already without star point guard Ricky Rubio, who will miss at least the first six weeks of the season while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.

---The NBA is instituting a new rule this season that it hopes will cut down on pregame handshakes and other rituals.

Once player introductions are completed, 90 seconds will be put on the game clock, after which teams must be ready for tipoff. The move is an attempt to speed up games.

In recent years, elaborate handshakes and various routines have become longer, delaying games anywhere from five to 10 minutes after the starting lineups were announced.

"There's a 90-second countdown, it is placed on the clock," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said. "At 30 seconds, there's a warning horn and alert by the refs. At the end, teams need to be ready to tip off or face a delay-of-game warning."

Two delay-of-game warnings would result in a technical foul.

Some players have already blasted the new policy.

"I personally don't like it," Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant told The Oklahoman. "Every player in this league has routines they do with their teammates, rituals they do before the game and before they walk on the floor. The fans enjoy it. You see the fans mimicking the guys who do their stuff before the game. To cut that down really don't make no sense."

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