Report | Kevin Love out several weeks with broken hand

By | January 31, 2018

It has been a bad few weeks for Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, but he quite literally just added injury to insult. Love exited the Cavaliers’ game on Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons in the first quarter after injuring his left hand, and X-rays revealed what they had feared: Love broke his hand.

According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Love could be out of action for nearly two months.

Things have been contentious between Love and the Cavs as of late. Teammate Isaiah Thomas called him out in a players meeting, accusing the big man of faking an illness to exit a game and skip a Sunday-morning practice. Later came a moment in a win over the Indiana Pacers in which the 6-foot-10 Love crouched down to hand the ball off to the 5-foot-9 Thomas, seemingly attempting to embarrass the diminutive guard.

But it’s clear that Cleveland is better with Love on the floor. In 47 games this year, he is averaging 18.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 40.4 percent shooting from 3-point range. He is second on the team in scoring behind only LeBron James, and he leads the team in rebounding.

The loss of Love could force Cleveland to get more aggressive at the trade deadline. Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic is available, and he’s averaging 16.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 42.9 percent shooting from 3-point range in 24.9 minutes per game. The Bulls are said to be seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Mirotic, and the Love injury could give Chicago more leverage in any potential deal.

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