Kevin Love Out For 6 Weeks
The Cleveland Cavaliers suffered a Valentine’s Day heartbreak when Kevin Love underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday.
One of the Cavs three All-Stars, Love, will be out six weeks with the left knee injury. The loss comes at an inopportune time for Cleveland while they are wanting to gel the chemistry of the roster heading into the playoffs.
The injury could become problematic to Kevin Love’s future with the Cavs as trade speculations hover around his name. Love’s injury history has brought concerns with the trade deadline approaching. Even though the New York Knicks have petitioned to swap the All-Star for Carmelo Anthony, the Cavs won’t budge.
Love has seemed to finally found his role in Cleveland since arriving in 2014. He averages 20 points and 11.1 rebounds thus far according to ESPN . He has yet to play a full season with the Cavs. In fact, the closest he has played to 82 games was his rookie year with the Minnesota Timberwolves. LeBron James expresses optimism this season for Love in Associated Press.
“He was having that All-Star year and this is where he wanted to get back to after coming from Minnesota a couple years ago,” James said before the team’s morning shoot-around in Minneapolis. “He was an All-Star and obviously he had to fit himself into a different role. We all did. It finally got back to the point where he felt like, ‘validate myself once again in this league.’ And then he has an injury again.
“So then he’s going to miss Sunday, which sucks. And he’s going to miss eight weeks, which sucks. We’ve got guys that’s ready.”
To add insult to injury, Love injured his shoulder in the first series of the playoffs two seasons ago. Since then knee pain and back spasms have plagued the big man in Cleveland. James continued about the timing of Love’s downfall.
“It’s just our road, every season one of our key guys gets hurt,” LeBron James said before the Cavaliers’ morning shootaround in preparation for a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “This year has probably been the worst out of all years, having our starting 2 guard out for so long and then having our All-Star power forward out for an extended period of time. Just next man up. We just hope for a healthy and speedy recovery for our All-Star.”
The Cavaliers have had a laboring month of January going 7-8. The tough stretch had the players and organization worried as the Golden State Warriors continue to appear supreme. The Cavs losses included a beat down by the Warriors 126-91. It also entailed a 124-122 loss to an undermanned New Orleans Pelicans team playing without their All-Star Anthony Davis. Not to mention, a loss to a milking Dallas Mavericks team, 104-97.
February looks great as Cleveland currently holds a 5-1 record with a four-game winning streak. The Cavs chemistry seemed to mold at the right time after a blowout win over Denver in their last game.
Cleveland’s roster has bulked up with the addition of forward Derrick Williams, who’s expected to get signed after his 10-day contract. They also traded for the sharp shooter Kyle Korver to add scoring to the bench. J.R. Smith, suffering a broken finger, is on pace to return earlier than resumed, in early March. The fantastic news for the Cavs could not come at a better time. The defensive prowess and scoring of Smith will be useful with Love out.
Still a few goods never equal one great and Love will be missed.