Cleveland’s Love leaves game at Detroit with broken hand
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 31, 2018 10:37 AM
FILE - CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 17: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against the LA Clippers on November 17, 2017 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
DETROIT (AP) — Kevin Love left Cleveland’s game at Detroit on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) with a broken left hand.
Love went down the tunnel toward the locker room during the first quarter. He had X-rays at the arena, which the Cavaliers say showed a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal. The team says his status will be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland.
Love played only 4:41 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) and went scoreless.
The 29-year-old Love has missed only one game this season, and he’s the Cavs’ second-leading scorer behind LeBron James. With the trade deadline looming, Cleveland has been in a funk lately. The Cavs had lost 10-of-15 heading into Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) game, and they trail Boston and Toronto atop the Eastern Conference.
Love’s injury will likely affect the Cavs’ plans as the Feb. 8 (Feb. 9, PHL time) trading deadline approaches. The Eastern Conference champions may have to make a significant move to replace Love, who could be out for more than a month.