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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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love is active. No word on starting or coming off bench, however.
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
LeBron James deferred to his coach, Tyronn Lue, when asked his opinion of whether Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love should start Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, provided the forward clears the league's concussion protocol. "I have an opinion on who's our general, and that's Coach Lue," James said after shootaround Friday morning. "He's going to make the right decision that he feels is best for the team. So, I'm a whatever. I think what's more important is his health, and we hope he's able to play tonight."
Jefferson did not reveal if he would be the starter again in Game 4, regardless of Love's status. "I haven't been told," Jefferson said. "We haven't discussed anything. Cliché answer after cliché answer when it comes to that."
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love participated fully in shootaround this morning, a determination will be made about him later this evening.
Kevin Love is expected to play Friday and it’s likely he will come off the bench in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, league sources told the Beacon Journal. Love still has another medical examination he must pass on Friday before he is cleared from the league’s concussion protocol, but he took part in some on-court shooting drills Thursday and the team is privately confident he will be available to play.
Love signed a five-year, $110 million deal last summer. Bringing him off the bench now can go one of two ways – it will either take some of the pressure off him or it will damage his confidence. The Cavs, of course, are hopeful for the former. To this point, one source said, Love has been open to the idea of a reserve role in this series.
Andrew Bogut said the protocol is in place for a reason and sometimes that can be to protect the player and the team from themselves. "You can be a hero now in the NBA Finals in 2016 and in 2021 you will be sucking food through a straw," Bogut said. "And you won't give a [expletive] about what you did in 2016."
Rick Noland: Tyronn Lue on Kevin Love: "I know he's eager to play. He wants to play. We definitely need him back. He was very upset with the situation. The guys told him, 'We're going to win the game for you.'"
After the game Wednesday night, Lue was asked how Love would be utilized should he pass concussion protocol for Game 4. His response: “Do I have to tell you? I’m not going to tell you.” Love can still have an important role in the series, and he wouldn’t have to search far for inspiration. David Lee helped turn the tide for the Warriors as a small-ball 5 off the bench in last season’s Finals. But if he is used, it won’t be as a starter.
Chris Haynes: #Cavs F Kevin Love (concussion) will not be cleared today, I'm told. Has to be symptom-free tomorrow after today's workout to get the go.
Al Iannazzone: Kevin Love back on the floor, shooting. #NBAFinals https://t.co/I0b1CPBp4Y
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will not be cleared for Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors this evening. Love, who suffered a concussion on Sunday, was ruled as questionable following shootaround this morning in which he participated in portions of the session. The Cavaliers were hopeful he would be given the go tonight, but the league informed the team the earliest he would be granted permission to play would be Game 4 on Friday. ESPN first reported the news.
Kevin Love did not participate in the Cleveland Cavaliers' practice Tuesday, but a source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that the star forward is optimistic about his chances of playing in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Love is in the NBA's concussion protocol after being hit in the back of the head Sunday during Cleveland's loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2.
Kevin Love did not participate in the Cleveland Cavaliers' practice Tuesday, but a source told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that the star forward is optimistic about his chances of playing in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Love is in the NBA's concussion protocol after being hit in the back of the head Sunday during Cleveland's loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 2.
Kevin Love was not with his Cleveland teammates when they took the floor for practice Tuesday morning in advance of Game 3 of the NBA Finals against Golden State. Love is in the NBA's concussion protocol after being hit in the back of the head during Game 2 on Sunday night. The Cavaliers took the floor for practice around 11 a.m. Tuesday, but Love did not leave the locker room with the group when the workout began.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said he hurt himself when he stepped on a referee's foot near the end of the third quarter, before he sat out the fourth quarter for the second straight game Monday in a Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Love, who struggled in both losses in Toronto, missed 10 of 14 shots and had only 10 points as the Raptors held off Cleveland 105-99 on Monday night to even the series at 2-2. Love said his knee injury will not prevent him from playing in Game 5 on Wednesday. "I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love, who had a total of 13 points and 11 rebounds in Games 3 and 4. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing."
Asked about Love limping at the end of the third quarter, Lue said, "I'm not sure of his health. But it's no concern. I thought Channing came in and gave us a great lift. "And like I said, like last game, to just try to put Kevin back in with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a hostile game, hostile environment, it's not fair to him."
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While Irving has a $36.5 million opt-in decision to make, he’s at a different place in his life than he was when he asked out of Cleveland at 24. In hindsight, he regrets not speaking to LeBron James beforehand. “We didn’t talk during that time,” Irving admitted. “When I look back on what I was going through at that time, I wish I did, because it would’ve been a good understanding of what the future will hold for both of us and we know how much power we both had together. Me and him in the league together running Cleveland, and then being able to put a better team together every single year would’ve definitely been worth it.”

Sean Marks on Ben Simmons: We saw how he wanted to get out there

“Frustrating from an organizational standpoint. but even more so from Ben’s,: said Marks. “I had a conversation with Ben. We all did. We saw how he wanted to get out there. To be honest, I’ve got to admire that. He tries to do 3-on-3, 5-on-5 and then you turn around and get an MRI, You see the disc herniation has gotten worse. and you think, well this guy is pushing through something that he shouldn’t be pushing through. Nobody wants to have surgery. It’s the last resort but it’s bygone now and we’ve got to move forward on this, we’ve got to support him and so forth.”
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Asked for lessons learned from the Simmons off-again, on-again saga. Marks used the opportunity to critique the critics. “It’s a little bit of a testament that 1) he tried to get back out there and tried to help his teammates and secondly, we have to be careful not judge people. And if you’re outside that medical profession, when you’re chiming in from afar. You just have to be a bit careful of what you’re saying because you really don’t know,” said Marks.