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Kevin Love said he’s looking to return to the Cavaliers later next week. Love, who broke a bone in his left hand on Jan. 30, told cleveland.com he was hopeful to play against Phoenix at The Q on March 23. The Cavs play the East-leading Raptors on March 21 and are in Brooklyn March 25. Love was hesitant on a precise target date — as the Cavs play every other day, which limits practice opportunities — but he’s looking at next week.
Speaking of Love, I hear the All-Star forward can be back in 2-to-3 weeks. His broken hand is healing well. His admission of dealing with panic attacks and receiving counseling also has him “in a much better state of mind.” That’s what I heard from someone close to the situation.
Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love was back on the practice court taking mid-range jump shots Friday, four weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand. He is optimistic he will return to game action before the team’s stated eight-week recovery timeline expires. “If I can get back before eight weeks, great,” Love said Friday. “I’m hoping that is the case.”
He wears a splint on his left hand on the bench in case a player careens off the court and causes a collision, but he is able wear a softer, MMA-style glove while he practices. “I was able to start shooting a little bit with my right hand, dribble a little bit with my right hand [and] will progressively get to my left,” Love said. “I guess one of the things I can do now is kind of catch the ball, guide it and shoot it within 12-15 feet, so that feels good to do something other than run on the treadmill or run on the bike.”
Love was wearing a UFC-style, padded glove on his left hand in the drills. A team source said there was “nothing to adjust” in terms of the eight-week timeline for return the Cavs issued following Love’s injury and consultation with surgeons in New York. If that holds, and Love does miss eight weeks, he wouldn’t return until the last week of March — when there is three weeks left in the regular season. But, we’ll see.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Ty Lue says “right now” he plans on using same starting lineup until Kevin Love comes back. That means Cedi Osman sticks in the starting group. But Lue leaves a bit of an out by saying, “we’ll see”
Love said he would be out of a brace that covers his hand and lower arm within a week and was progressing as expected. “Hopefully, I’ll be back before the eight,” Love said, referencing the six-to-eight-week window of his expected timetable for return. “But I’m excited to get back with this new team.”
Dave McMenamin: Kevin Love told me that being sidelined yesterday for the Celtics game felt like having to stay at home sick on the first day of school. He will start running again tomorrow. Cast is scheduled to come off in two weeks. He’s excited to join the new group.
Love is said to be out eight weeks because of his latest injury, which means he’ll be back with two weeks left in the regular season. He didn’t have surgery to repair the broken bone because it wouldn’t bring him back any faster, he said.
Love was slated to play in it as a reserve out of the East, but was robbed of that chance by injury. “It’s frustrating,” Love said. “It’s not just All-Star, it’s missing time.”
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love here tonight. He has a splint on his left hand. The pinky and ring finger are restricted by the wrap.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love does not need a cast. He has a removable splint that he can take off, but needs to be in it about 99% of the time. Also, he plans to attend NBA All-Star Weekend, despite not being able to participate.
Kevin Love will not have surgery on the broken bone in his left hand and is expected to miss eight weeks, the Cavaliers announced Friday morning.
Rick Noland: Lue on Love: “We’re going to miss him. He’s valuable to what we do on this team, but we’ve got to pull together and get through it”
Kevin Love experienced a fractured left hand fifth metacarpal during the first quarter of Tuesday’s Cavaliers game in Detroit. Love and the Cavaliers medical team are currently in the process of reviewing options regarding the treatment of the injury.
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.
Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade: Tyronn Lue says Jae Crowder will start for Kevin Love tonight. Everyone else should be available for tonight’s game. #Cavs
Shams Charania: Sources: Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is expected to be ruled out for up to two months with the fracture in his left hand. Need for surgery is still uncertain.
“It’s a huge blow for our team, obviously,” James said of Love’s injury. “Any time you lose an All-Star or you lose anybody, part of your crew, it’s a tough blow. We’re already limited in our bigs, anyway. We’ll be getting a lot smaller now.”
Asked Love’s mood, Lue said, “Down. Down. It’s just part of the game. You hate to see anyone get injured at any point in time of the season and now we’ve got to rally the troops and we’ve got to have his back until he gets back.”
Dave McMenamin: Last season, Kevin Love underwent knee surgery on Feb. 14, causing him to miss the All-Star Game on Feb. 19. This season he breaks his hand on Jan. 30 with the ASG around the corner on Feb. 18.
Kevin Love suffered a broken bone in his left hand during the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ game against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
According to a news release, the injury is a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal. His status depends on further evaluation on Wednesday, but he of course will not return against the Pistons.
Brian Windhorst: Kevin Love likely out 6-8 weeks
Michael Gallagher: Kevin Love broke the fourth metacarpal in his left hand back in 2009 (fifth tonight).
Marla Ridenour: Cavs say Kevin Love is getting an X-ray on his left hand.
Joe Vardon: Kevin Love didn’t practice today
Dave McMenamin: Kevin Love (illness) was excused from practice Sunday.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love (sick) will not start the second half. He’s not even on the bench.
Joe Vardon: Kevin Love is not feeling well, a source said.
Marla Ridenour: Cavs say Kevin Love is sick and questionable to return
Jason Lloyd: Kevin Love confirms he’ll play tonight.
Dave McMenamin: Ty Lue says that Dwyane Wade is out tonight with left knee soreness. Kevin Love (left hip) and Tristan Thompson (left calf) are going to play. Thompson is on an undisclosed minutes restriction. Lue said he will use LeBron James at point guard with the second unit.
Erik Gundersen: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson questionable Tuesday vs. Hawks
Dave McMenamin: Kevin Love is out tonight, per the Cavs.
Dave McMenamin: Love went through preliminary warmups and was experiencing left hip soreness, so they’ll hold him out. Rookie Ante Zizic will start in his place.
Dave McMenamin: The Cavs say that Kevin Love went through warmups and didn’t feel right (body felt tight) so they held him out. Expected to play Tuesday.
Kevin Love will play tonight against the Utah Jazz, just four weeks and two days after undergoing surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his left knee.
Coach Tyronn Lue said Love would be on an unspecified minutes restriction and may not be able to play in back-to-back games. Cleveland plays the Clippers Saturday and the Lakers Sunday.
Marla Ridenour: Kyle Korver will miss fifth straight game tonight vs Utah with left foot soreness. Kevin Love listed as questionable. #Cavs
General Manager David Griffin said Tuesday he expects Love to return on the upcoming four-game road trip, which opens Saturday against the Los Angeles Clippers and ends March 24 at the Charlotte Hornets. The Cavs host the Utah Jazz on Thursday before heading to the West Coast. The Cavs are 7-6 without Love, but the four-time All-Star didn’t want to make that correlation.
Love was hesitant to give a date for when he expects to play. “I’d love to be back in front of our fans, obviously, when I come back,” Love said. “But that will happen, whether it’s tomorrow or after this trip. I’d like to be back by this weekend, but I just don’t know if I’ll get in [this week] or next week. I imagine at the very latest after we come back, but I don’t think it will be that long.”
“It’s been on my mind a lot lately as far as rotations, who’s going to play with who,” Lue said. “Of course when Kevin comes back he’s probably going to have a minutes restriction. Probably going to be tired. Probably going to be certain points of the game where you’ve got to take him out and you don’t want to. There’s going to be some adjustment period, but we’ll get through it. But the biggest thing for me is just getting everybody back healthy so we can start taking off like we’re supposed to.”
ESPN Cleveland: Brian Windhorst: It was a great sign Kevin Love practiced today after practicing yesterday. He might be able to play Saturday night. #Cavs
Kevin Love participated in a three-on-three scrimmage Tuesday and may play at some point during the Cavs’ upcoming four-game road trip, general manager David Griffin said.
Kevin Love did agility and shooting drills as he continues his recover from knee surgery. Love worked on his lateral mobility, stepping around cones while working with assistant coach James Posey and a trainer. Love had an arthroscopic procedure done on his left knee on Feb. 15, and the Cavs estimated he would be back in six weeks.
Love, after getting the stitches out, started to work last week, prior to the Cavs leaving on their three-game roadtrip. Monday was another step, being able to move laterally through cones while trying to build his endurance back up. “I imagine between J.R. (Smith) and myself, we’ll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever (the start of the playoffs is) in April,” Love said a few weeks ago.
“There’s definitely enough time to where I can get into a good rhythm,” Love said Friday, in his first public comments since undergoing surgery Feb. 14 to remove “loose bodies” from his left knee. “I don’t know what the (plan is) as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. (Smith) and myself, we’ll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever (the start of the playoffs is) in April.” The timetable the Cavs gave (at the recommendation of doctors) for Love’s absence is six weeks. Love said he expects to be out that long, which would put his return to the court somewhere around March 28 — Cleveland plays that night in Boston.
Kevin Love played at least three games on his injured left knee that required arthroscopic surgery this week, Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue revealed before his Cavs hosted the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
One of those games — a nationally televised contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder last Thursday on the second night of a back-to-back — garnered extra attention because Lue initially said he would “probably” rest Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving en masse, before he changed course and played all three of them.
Lue said the Thunder game, in which Love had 15 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes in a 118-109 loss for the Cavs, did no further damage to Love’s knee. “He was already heading for surgery,” Lue said. “It was already (hurt). Loose bodies were already in there so he just played through it and then after it got to a certain point he got the MRI and he found out it was loose bodies floating around.”
LeBron James doesn’t seem all that concerned that Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love is expected to miss the next six weeks while recovering from knee surgery. Widely considered the greatest basketball player in the world, why should he be? “As long as I’m in the lineup, we’ve got a chance,” James told reporters at shootaround Tuesday morning. “We good. Kev is out for an extended period of time. J.R. (Smith) has been out. But I’m in the lineup. I’ll be suiting up. We’ve got a chance against anybody. I ain’t worried.”
Irving didn’t quite keep up with James against the Wolves, clocking out with 25 points and seven assists in 37 minutes. Was James fine with how much he played? “I’m good,” James said, before turning it back on the reporter who asked him about how many minutes he logged. “Can you play 39? I’m good.”
When asked how Love’s injury may alter the race? James said the Cavs “don’t talk about it.” “It doesn’t affect it. We haven’t talked about it. We just play,” James said. “No. 1 in the East, whatever. We don’t talk about it. We just go out and play and let the chips lay where they may.”
Kevin Love is going to miss six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, the Cavs announced Tuesday. Dr. David Altchek in New York performed the surgery on Love Tuesday morning, removing a “loose body” from Love’s left knee. Altchek surgically repaired Love’s shoulder during the 2015 playoffs.
Dave McMenamin: Source tells ESPN that Kevin Love will undergo a scope on his L knee and miss six weeks.
Joe Vardon: Story coming soon: Love to miss 6 weeks and get scope on left knee
Cavs All-Star forward Kevin Love will get a second opinion on his ailing left knee Tuesday, and there is concern team wide that he could be in line for an extended absence. “I would love to be able to tell you that he’ll miss three games and be back, but I can’t right now because we don’t know,” general manager David Griffin said. The Cavs have already ruled Love out for Tuesday’s game in Minnesota.
The Cavs did not announce the results of the MRI, nor would they share with whom Love would consult Tuesday. Obviously, the need for more tests and more sets of eyes suggests whatever the Cavs’ doctor saw Sunday in Love’s knee wasn’t optimal. Sources said Love likely suffered the injury — whatever it is — at some point during the Cavs’ recent four-game swing. It’s unclear when he hurt the knee or when team officials learned of the injury, but Love played in Thursday’s loss to Oklahoma City.
Historically an enthusiast of the All-Star festivities, Anthony said he’d prefer to utilize the week off rather than take the injury reserve spot that may have opened up because of a knee injury to Kevin Love. Anthony had lobbied hard for a spot this season, and two years ago even delayed knee surgery so he could play in the game.
“I got plans,” Anthony said of taking the spot from Love, who is experiencing knee soreness and will sit Tuesday’s game for the Cavs. “I would love to take this break and just utilize this break and my body and my mind and just get away from everything. I could utilize this break. If they call me I’d consider it. But I would love to utilize this break.”
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss Tuesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of soreness and swelling in his left knee, the team announced Sunday.
When asked about the results of the MRI, a team source told ESPN, “we’re not discussing that yet.” Love’s status for Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers and the All-Star game — his first invitation to the annual February festivities since joining the Cavs — is to be determined.
Marc J. Spears: With the NBA All-Star game next Sunday, Cavs say All-Star Kevin Love has left knee pain and will be evaluated over the next several days.
Love, who won the event while with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012, turned down the opportunity in part because of his sore lower back. “Maybe it was the last straw,” Love said. “I thought Kyrie and (Kyle) Lowry and Klay Thompson and Steph (Curry), all those guys were in it, so I thought maybe I’ll be the lone big guy, but it was tough to say no. I know a lot of people at the league, a lot of people I’d been talking back and forth with. I had a good laugh with about it, but, I’ll never say never in terms of going back and competing in it.”
Kevin Love (lower back spasms) is targeting a return to the court Saturday night in New York against the Knicks, coach Tyronn Lue said. There is no timetable for Smith’s return. He fractured his right thumb Dec. 20 and could miss up to three months.
Jason Lloyd: Kevin Love on the court working out with coach Phil Handy. No one else, likely a sign of no contact. He’s already been ruled out for tonight
Kevin Love (lower back spasms) underwent additional testing and evaluation at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health on Monday, the results of which revealed no structural damage. Love will be Out for Wednesday’s home game vs. the Timberwolves, while continuing to receive treatment with a protocol of rest and rehabilitation. His return to play status will be updated as appropriate.
Kevin Love participated fully in shootaround Saturday ahead of the Cavs’ game against the San Antonio Spurs. Though Love, who did not play Thursday because of lower back soreness, remains “questionable” for the Spurs’ game, he is far more likely to play now that he could do all the drills and was moving better than at any time in the previous week.
Kevin Love said he won’t miss further game action because of the lower back soreness that kept him out of the Cavs’ 126-91 loss to the Golden State Warriors Monday night. Love was pulled with 32.8 seconds left in the second quarter after he took a spill on the court trying to defend Stephen Curry and did not return. “I won’t miss anything,” he said afterwards.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will not play in Tuesday’s road game against the Milwaukee Bucks because of stiffness and swelling in his left knee. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue also announced Monday that Love would be questionable Wednesday for the second half of Cleveland’s home-and-home matchup with Milwaukee. Love banged knees with Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. in Cleveland’s 119-108 win Saturday.
Chris Haynes: #Cavs F Kevin Love (concussion) has been cleared to play in Game 4 of NBA Finals against Warriors.
Alex Kennedy: OFFICIAL: Kevin Love will come off of the bench, Richard Jefferson will remain in Cleveland’s starting lineup.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love is active. No word on starting or coming off bench, however.
Howard Beck: Kevin Love has not yet arrived, therefore has not been examined by doctor, and therefore no update yet, says Tyronn Lue.
Tim Bontemps: Tyronn Lue: “I’m not a doctor … Shit.”
Ken Berger: Tyronn Lue says Kevin Love has not seen doctor yet, and thus has yet to be cleared. Wouldn’t discuss his role if cleared.
Brian Dulik: #Cavaliers will not know PF Kevin Love’s status until he is examined by doctor at arena. Tyronn Lue non-committal on if he will start. #NBAFinals
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Ira Winderman: Derrick Jones Jr. has rejoined the Heat, with Dwyane Wade still out. Jones has three NBA days remaining on his two-way contract, but that clock ends Saturday, at the conclusion of the G League season.
On Monday against the Milwaukee Bucks (7 p.m. ET on ESPN), James will play in his 70th consecutive game as he chases the first season in which he plays in all 82 games. Back in 2015, however, James was laying on the court during timeouts, propped on a towel in discomfort. It brought to mind Larry Bird and Steve Nash, all-time greats who saw their careers zapped in their 30s because of back issues. James needed two anti-inflammatory injections in his lower back in a 10-month span in 2015, one shutting him down for two weeks midseason and another wiping out his preseason. And the possibility was left open that he might need more numbing shots, an indication he was dealing with something serious.
Raimon was a SEAL for 15 years and became a disciple of biomechanics when he used the science to help himself to get over a severe neck injury suffered during a parachute jump that Navy doctors struggled to heal. He purposely avoids the spotlight and doesn’t do interviews. James generally doesn’t speak about Raimon or his techniques, and he credits the Cavs training staff with working to keep him in the best shape. “Between Donnie and Mike, it’s a great one-two punch,” James said.
Seeing him turn his ankle nearly 90 degrees only to tighten his shoelaces and finish with a triple-double. Watching him show up four hours before a playoff game to get in a sweat-soaked workout, then play more than 40 minutes and score 40 points. And the topper: the time James gained seven pounds during an Eastern Conference finals game. Some Miami Heat teammates saw the scale and attest to it in amazement. James himself just shrugs and calls it “weird as hell.” The truly wild part is that it was from 271 pounds to 278 pounds, though James is much lighter these days.
He’s won just over 71 percent of jump balls this year, fourth in the NBA among qualifying centers, according to tracking by analytics site Nylon Calculus. The rate is up from last year’s 66 percent, which ranked seventh among qualifying centers. “All I’m looking for is just how they mask it, really, because it’s the first one to the ball,” Adams said. “You don’t have to jump super high. You just have to get there before anyone.”
“Some officials just come right in the center circle and throw it up right away. If you’re not ready, you’re going to lose the tip,” Donovan said. “There’s other guys that come in there and make sure you’re ready, wait for a second, then throw it up. Like anything else, players have routines. Officials have routines, too.”