An MRI reportedly revealed that Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love will need to undergo a minor surgery on his left knee and will miss six weeks.
Obviously, this is bad news for the already-thin Cavaliers short-term, but Love should be back by the playoffs. The good news is that LeBron James seems to like Derrick Williams and the team just traded Chris Andersen to free up a roster spot. The bad news is everything else.
J.R. Smith is still out with a thumb injury. They haven’t been able to acquire that playmaker that LeBron was complaining about a couple weeks ago. And LeBron is already carrying an insane workload and leading the league in minutes per game. Kyrie is 16th and Love was playing 31-minutes a night. Now – if everything goes well – he’ll be playing himself back into shape during the final weeks of the regular season.
Plus, two of the hottest teams in the NBA right now – the Celtics and Wizards – are just 2 and 4.5 games back respectively.
Love is enjoying his best season with the Cavs since being traded from the T-Wolves in 2014, as he is averaging 20.0 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Nagging injuries have been an issue for the 28-year-old veteran during his time in Cleveland, as he missed some time recently with back spasms.
Love also missed all but four games during the team’s 2014-15 playoff run due to a shoulder dislocation.