INDEPENDENCE (92.3 The Fan) – Kevin Love will get a second opinion on his sore left knee Tuesday and when he will return remains a mystery.
Love experienced soreness in his knee following Saturday’s 125-109 win over Denver. He underwent an MRI on Sunday and for now he is resting and rehabbing.
“[I’m] Always concerned when guys are going down,” head coach Tyronn Lue said following Monday’s practice. “And we’re already limited as it is. I’m definitely concerned, but gotta see how he feels. Just, get evaluated [Tuesday] and see how he feels.”
Channing Frye will start in place of Love Tuesday night Lue said.
Love, who is averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds this season, recently missed 2 games due to back spasms. Lue declined to speculate as to whether or not the back issue Love experienced a few weeks ago was related to the current left knee soreness.
Lue also isn’t sure if Love will be available this weekend for the All Star game.
Other notes from Monday:
– With 2 games to play before the All Star break the Cavs remain atop the Eastern Conference holding a 2 1/2 game lead on Boston. Although they’re sitting 21 games above .500, it has been anything but smooth sailing for the defending NBA champions so far this season but that’s quite alright according to one of the newest members of the team Kyle Korver. “We haven’t hit our peak yet this year which I think is fine,” Korver said. “I actually think it;s good. I’ve been on teams that peaked in February. That’s not good. I don’t think we’ve played our best and I think we’re all excited about what could be when all these pieces fit together and we’re all clicking.”
– LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson were given Monday’s practice off and were not on hand for the workout. Lue wanted to give the 3 a day to rest but they will travel and play Tuesday night at Minnesota.
– Derrick Williams, whose 10-day contract will expire during the All Star break, doesn’t figure to be going anywhere anytime soon. Williams has scored 19 points and shot 83 percent in his first 2 games with the Cavs. “He’s been great for us the last 2 games,” Lue said. “Hopefully we can continue to see him playing well and we can sign him for the rest of the year.”
– Iman Shumpert practiced on his sore ankle Monday and he will test the ankle again Tuesday morning during shootaround in Minnesota to determine if he is able to play against the Timberwolves. “I can still feel it but nothing where I can’t move around and get what I need to get done,” Shumpert said.
– Shortly after acquiring Chris ‘Birdman’ Anderson and cash from the Cavs for a 2017 protected second round pick on Monday, the Hornets waived the center. The 38-year old suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during practice on Dec. 16 and underwent surgery. The trade left Cleveland with an open roster spot. “We’re short on bigs right now,” Lue said. “I liked what Bird did for us when he did play. Big, physical, always in the right spot defensively and challenged shots at the basket. He was good for us and it’s unfortunate that he got hurt.”
– J.R. Smith rode the stationary bike during the portion of practice open to reporters. The Cavs remain hopeful to get Smith, who is recovering from surgery to repair a complex fracture of his right thumb, back in late March.