Kevin Love makes surprise season debut for Timberwolves

Kevin Love was a surprise activation for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets. Love hasn't played this season after breaking his right hand during the exhibition season. The initial timetable was six to eight weeks to recover.

All-Star returns almost a month early

Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves looks on from the bench against the Sacramento Kings during his team's season opening game. Love was expected to be sidelined for close to two months, but makes his debut after just four weeks. (David Sherman/Getty Images)

Kevin Love was a surprise activation for the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets.

Love hasn't played this season after breaking his right hand during the exhibition season. The initial timetable was six to eight weeks to recover. But he was able to return to the lineup just over four weeks after he was injured.

Love is the team's leading scorer and rebounder and the short-handed Timberwolves badly need him back in the lineup. They also got centre Nikola Pekovic back from a sprained left ankle and point guard JJ Barea back from a sprained left foot.