The Cleveland Cavaliers were thrown another curve ball last night when Kevin Love, their All-Star forward left the game in the first quarter after he injured his left hand. After making contact with the Pistons All-Star, Andre Drummond. Kevin Love immediately went to the team’s locker room and received an X-ray on his hand.
The X-ray revealed that Love has a non-displaced fracture in the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. It is being reported that the timetable for a return will be 6-8 weeks. However, an official status for a return will not be officially updated until the Cleveland Cavaliers make it back to Cleveland on January 31.
Kevin Love’s hand injury will force Kevin Love to miss the upcoming All-Star game. This will be the second straight year that Love will not play in the All-Star game due to an injury. Kevin Love missed last year’s All-Star game because he needed to have surgery on his knee a few days before the All-Star game was scheduled to be played.
If the 6-8 week timetable remains in play, Love can ultimately miss 18 games at the least and 26 games at the most. Even though the Cavaliers have arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time on the team, it can seem like an eternity for the already struggling Cavaliers. Love’s absence can introduce additional complications to the Cavalier’s rotation. Love’s injury can also impact the Cavs decision to make a move before the trade deadline.
Love has been playing some of the best basketball of his Cleveland career. Love is averaging nearly a double-double while playing less than 30 minutes. Love has been instrumental in keeping the Cavs offense running without Kyrie Irving who was sent to Boston in the offseason. Love is no stranger to injuries; he has had his share of injuries throughout his entire NBA career. What impact could this injury have on his current career with the Cavs?