CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The good news: Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will not require surgery on his broken left hand.
The bad: Love is still going to be out the next 8 weeks.
“Yeah, I didn’t think eight weeks but it is what it is,” head coach Tyronn Lue said Friday. “There’s nothing you can do about it now. All he can do is just rehab and get himself healthy and when he comes back, gotta be ready to play.”
Love suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his left hand in the first quarter of Tuesday night’s loss at Detroit.
Love consulted with Dr. Michelle Carlson of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City on Thursday and head team physician Dr. James Rosneck and Dr. Steven Maschke of Cleveland Clinic Sports Health earlier this week where it was determined he would not need surgery for the injury.
“Just talking to him – yesterday or the day before – his spirits are down,” Lue said. “[He’s] just disappointed that he got hurt and I told him to just take his time…and we can hold the fort down until he gets back so he was down but it’s part of the game. Hate to see anyone go through it but we just gotta hold it down until he gets back.”
The Cavs, who are 30-20, are in third place in the Eastern Conference standings – 6 games behind first place Boston and 4 behind second place Toronto.
Love was named an NBA All-Star reserve and he is averaging 17.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 46.3 percent from the field – including 40.4 percent from 3 – this season.
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic was named as Love’s injury replacement for the All-Star game.