There will be no Kevin Love in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup for another six weeks or so all because of an untimely left hand injury. This injury also means Love will miss a trip to Los Angeles for the 2018 NBA All-Star game.
The broken hand came just as the Cavs were struggling to find rhythm — and still are, without Love — and also after a controversial team meeting in which Love’s name came up, and not in flattering terms.
Evidently all’s well with Love except the hand. The good news is he should be good to go when the playoffs begin, which is really what the Cavs are waiting on right now. The not-so-good news is Love won’t have his chance to shine next week in L.A. when the stars come out.
He recently spoke his frustration to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, who gives us this:
For the second consecutive season, he will miss extended time and his chance to play in the All-Star Game.
"It's just one of those unlucky s--- luck kind of things. You can quote me on that," Love said. "It's frustrating. It's not just All-Star, it's missing time ... When I looked at [trainer] Steve Spiro kind of walking off the court I said, 'I know this feeling, this sucks, I can't believe it. Two years in a row.'"
Love suffered the injury Tuesday in Detroit in the first half and still doesn't exactly know how it happened, even after reviewing film. He consulted with several doctors including seeing a specialist in New York before deciding he would not have surgery.
There was a chance that surgery could've enabled him to return sooner. But ultimately, Love said, it was decided not to have the procedure, and he's projected to miss eight weeks.
"The connotation or the idea in sports is any time you go under the knife it's bad," Love said. "In some cases, at least with the hand, you understand that with certain breaks you can actually come back faster. With this, I think it's great to be able to avoid that and almost right way get back and still stay in shape and do most things."
Love spent some time before Saturday's game against the Houston Rockets talking to Chris Paul, who broke his hand in the playoffs with the LA Clippers last season. It is the third time in Love's career he has broken his hand and the second time he has broken his left. In 2009 he broke his left fourth metacarpal and needed surgery. This break is to the fifth metacarpal.
If he misses the full eight weeks, he would return with about two weeks left in the regular season.
"I'll do everything right," Love said. "I'll do whatever I need to do to get this thing to heal as quickly as I can and go from there.”
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