CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – A day after Kevin Love broke his left hand the Cavaliers still don’t have a definitive timetable – or course of action – going forward.
Love broke the fifth metacarpal in his left hand in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s loss at Detroit leaving a gaping hole in the Cavs starting five.
“He won a championship here and he’s been in three straight Finals,” head coach Tyronn Lue said. “He’s been a big part of what we do, being an All-Star, being able to stretch the floor, being able to post guys and then just rebound the basketball, he’s been great for us.
“I respect him a lot and I know a lot of his teammates do and we’re going to miss him…He’s valuable to what we do on this team and it’s going to be tough, but we just gotta pull together and get through it.”
The team said Wednesday evening that Love and the Cavs medical staff “are currently in the process of reviewing options regarding the treatment of the injury.”
Love, who was excused from Wednesday night’s game, and the team will consult with specialists at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City in collaboration with the Cavaliers medical team and the Cleveland Clinic.
It has been estimated that Love could miss between six and eight weeks but that won’t be known until the evaluation as to whether or not Love will require surgery is completed.
Jae Crowder will replace Love and Lue will juggle his lineup once again as he will have Derrick Rose assume extra minutes off of the bench.
“We should be used to it by now,” Lue said. “I think going through it all season, it’s just been ups and downs as far as injuries and being in and out. But it’s part of the game, we’re not the only team going through that, so we just gotta like I said pull together, next man up, gotta be ready to play.”
Love’s treatment plan and the estimate on his return to play will be established following this review and a course of action is solidified. His status will be updated accordingly.