Things just keep getting worse for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the midst of the mounting turmoil in Cleveland, now the Cavs must deal with a major injury.
Forward Kevin Love fractured his left hand in last night’s 125-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons. It was the Cavs’ 11th loss in their last 16 games.
The bigger loss is Love, who will miss 6-to-8 weeks with his injury. This is bad for the Cavs for a couple of reasons.
Not only does the team lose its second-leading scorer and leading rebounder, but Love was Cleveland’s best trade chip if they wanted to revamp their roster at the deadline.
This is the second year in a row that Love went down with an injury around this time of year. He underwent surgery on his knee in February 2017 and missed six weeks.
Love is averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, which is in line with his career numbers. However, he drew criticism from teammates recently when he left a game with an illness and missed practice the next day.
During an emotional team meeting, Love was reportedly called out by some who thought he was faking it.
The X-ray on Kevin Love's left hand revealed a non-displaced fracture in his left hand fifth metacarpal. Love will not return to play tonight. His status will be updated after additional examination and consultation tomorrow in Cleveland, per the Cavs.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 31, 2018
Maybe Love will come back from his injury hiatus rejuvenated and will be joining a Cavs team that has figured itself out. Right now, the whole squad needs some soul-searching.
Cleveland is currently 29-20 and six games back of the Celtics for the No. 1 seed in the East.