What a rollercoaster of a season it’s been for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After winning two consecutive games, things were beginning to look up, at least on the court. Then Tuesday night happened. In the midst of his best season as a Cav, Kevin Love suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand early on in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons, the team announced.
Kevin Love left Tuesday’s Cavs game against the Pistons in Detroit during the first quarter with a left hand injury. He received X-rays at the arena which revealed a non-displaced fracture in his left hand fifth metacarpal. Kevin will not return to play against the Pistons. His status will be updated after additional examination and consultation on Wednesday in Cleveland.
According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the fracture will likely force the big man to miss 6-to-8 weeks.
Kevin Love likely out 6-8 weeks
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 31, 2018
Here’s a look at the play when Love broke his hand. Seems like a freak injury that happened on a normal basketball play. Outside of him wincing, you’d have no idea it happened. He even played the next 1:32 after breaking his hand.
With the injury, it will be the second straight year that Love will be forced to miss the All-Star Game. In 2017, he underwent knee surgery on February 14, causing him to miss the game just five days later. With his broken hand that he suffered tonight, he will be forced to miss this year’s All-Star Game on February 18.
Although tests have already shown that his hand is broken, Love will undergo further tests tomorrow morning in Cleveland after swelling is reduced to see just how severe the fracture is.
WFNY’s Jeff Nomina took to YouTube to talk about Love’s injury and what the Cavs might possibly do to replace his scoring.
Stay up to date with WFNY as we will continue to talk about Love’s injury and the things the wine and gold can possibly do to make up for his scoring and rebounding, whether it be with players currently on the team or ones that could be acquired in a trade. There will be plenty of changes in the All-Star forward’s absence.