CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is expected to miss the next six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee, Cleveland announced Tuesday morning.
Love, who began to experience some soreness and swelling in the knee following Saturday’s win over the Denver Nuggets, underwent the procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and will now enter a stretch of rest and rehab.
If the current timetable holds up, Love will return to game action just prior to the end of the regular season.
Cleveland currently holds the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a record of 37-16.
The 28-year-old forward is a big reason for the reigning NBA champions’ continued to success, averaging 20.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in his best season since joining the Cavs.
Love was recently named an All-Star reserve, giving Cleveland three representatives in Sunday’s upcoming All-Star Game in New Orleans, but the knee surgery will keep him from participating in the festivities.
The Cavs made a trade on Monday with the Charlotte Hornets to clear a roster spot, dealing injured center Chris Andersen for a protected future second-round pick. Cleveland already filled one open slot with the recent signing of Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract, but adding another big has become an apparent priority for the East-leading Cavaliers.
Cleveland will play Love’s former squad, the Minnesota Timberwolves, on Tuesday night.