According to a source, this is not a new injury. Love is still feeling the effects of a lingering right calf strain that limited him to just 25 games during the 2020-21 season, where he averaged 12.2 points per game, lowest since his rookie season, to go with 7.4 rebounds. Love spoke with confidence about his health on July 6, the first day of Team USA training camp. But once the exertion picked up, Love wasn’t feeling right and concluded that he hasn’t yet gotten over the hump, with no amount of rehab or treatment available to get him to that point before the Olympics.
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Cavaliers trainer Steve Spiro is one of a handful of team representatives in Las Vegas, sources say. He was there to monitor Love, making sure he was physically ready to chase a gold medal, and Darius Garland, Cleveland’s promising young point guard who was promoted to the National Team for scrimmages but won’t be invited to the Olympics.
Now come even more questions, many without an answer. Where do the Cavs and Love go from here? What’s the plan for getting him healthy again? Is that even possible? Should he be in their plans this coming season? What can his body tolerate? How many minutes can he handle at this stage of his career? Will he need load management rest nights? Is the pain in his calf truly preventing him from feeling like himself or is that simply a logical explanation for the harsh reality he faces after 13 rigorous NBA seasons? That he may never be the same again.
The Cavs will sit down with Love at some point soon, when he returns from Vegas, to have those conversations. At this point, sources say, retirement has not been discussed. Love is still enthusiastic about the upcoming season. He still loves the game, believing he can play at a high level. But as he enters season 14, even Love admits it’s time to adjust expectations.
According to a source, this is not a new injury. Love is still feeling the effects of a lingering right calf strain that limited him to just 25 games during the 2020-21 season, where he averaged 12.2 points per game, lowest since his rookie season, to go with 7.4 rebounds.
Love spoke with confidence about his health on July 6, the first day of Team USA training camp. But once the exertion picked up, Love wasn’t feeling right and concluded that he hasn’t yet gotten over the hump, with no rehab or treatment able to get him to that point.
Noah Levick: Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova will be available tonight. Both had been questionable. Team will monitor their minutes, Cavs coach J.B Bickerstaff says. Jarrett Allen (concussion) and Larry Nance Jr. (illness) have been ruled out for Cleveland.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs J.B. Bickerstaff on Kevin Love: “He participated in practice today. He’ll get evaluated by the medical group and we’ll see the response tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”
Chris Fedor: #Cavs JB Bickerstaff on Kevin Love’s calf soreness: “I am no expert. I know it’s bothering him. He’s working through this stuff, he went through shootaround today. I feel like he’s making progress. We just have to continue to make that progress.”
Tim Reynolds: Kevin Love is out tonight, Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff says.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love is back on the bench area.
Andrew Lopez: J.B. Bickerstaff says Kevin Love will play tonight. Cavs also getting Larry Nance back. Darius Garland will not play.
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.
Given the Cavs only have two games remaining — Monday in Houston and Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers — before a needed nine-day break, sources said the team doesn’t see the upside in pushing it. They want to use the extra days to get his calf better, so he can be 100 percent for the Second Half.
Kevin Love: And so I’ve gone almost 10 months now without playing basketball, like, when I previously my whole identity was wrapped up in basketball, thankfully, it’s not. But there’s been guys that have their entire identity in basketball that have had it taken away from them. There have been a lot of injuries this year, a lot of non contact injuries as well. So I think that is just another level to this, when you love the game so much, and you have it taken away from you, it can be really, really tough on your mental health.
JJ Redick: When I’m hurt, I feel guilty. Kevin Love: Oh, my God! That’s so funny you said that… I have regrets! Like I’m getting, like, and for what? It’s not my fault. That’s what I was just telling the assistant coach today, a guy that I love, Dan Geriot, I was like, ‘you see me, you see how hard that I attack injuries and how hard I work. Like I don’t have to tell you, but I’m telling you just because I feel guilty. Like I feel like I’m letting you guys down in the way you are.’ And you know, you get on top of that you get paid all this money to put a ball through a hoop and fans and people ask when you’re going to be back. On the other side of that, too, it makes me feel guilty because people don’t understand, like the difference between a grade one, grade two, grade three, and I have a grade twi and people are like, ‘why aren’t you back in three or four weeks?!’ I’m like, I can’t explain it to you. Because I’m not going to chirp back at you or I’m not going to, you know, text you back something that’s just like, I’m taking care of it. I’m busting my ass to get back. But boy, I feel so guilty more than anything. It’s like letting your teammates down.
About an hour before tipoff on Saturday night, for nearly 30 minutes, Cleveland Cavaliers injured power forward Kevin Love went through an individual on-court workout — another positive step in his recovery from a strained right calf.
The Cavs open a five-game West Coast road trip on Monday in Phoenix. When asked if Love would be able to participate in any of those upcoming games, a source said it was “highly unlikely, but we’ll see.” The Cavs would prefer to have Love practice first, allowing him to test the injury, before bringing him back — and that plan is complicated given the jampacked schedule over the next week.
Shams Charania: Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will be re-evaluated in 3-to-4 weeks with a right calf strain.
Kevin Love will be back in the starting lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night against the Pistons after the star forward missed the season opener with a calf injury. Love had been sidelined since the team’s first exhibition game against Indiana on Dec. 12, when he got kicked in the calf. Love said his leg was swollen from his knee to Achilles tendon.
Greg Logan: Kevin Love (lower back contusion) is OUT for #Cavs vs #Nets. Larry Nance starts in his place.
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love says he is “100 percent playing” in the team’s matchup against the Miami Heat on Wednesday — the second stop on this three-game road trip.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs’ Kevin Love said his right leg got bent in fall vs. 76ers & weight “kind of jammed up my knee. It’s going be pretty sore tomorrow. Nothing serious, something I’m going to have to treat a lot & hopefully it will be gone in a few days.”
Ira Winderman: Cavaliers listing Kevin Love as out tonight vs. Hornets.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love is not listed on the 8:30 injury report. Tristan Thompson is listed OUT for rest. Nik Stauskas, who took a nasty fall against GS, is questionable with back soreness.
Marla Ridenour: NBA’s 5:30 injury report lists #Cavs’ Kevin Love (sore left shoulder) as out tonight at Golden State, along with Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins (load management), Andre Iguodala (sore left toe).
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love OUT tonight vs. Sacramento cleveland.com/cavs/2019/04/t…
Chris Fedor: There was a touch of confusion from earlier. But #Cavs will not have Kevin Love tonight vs Suns. Kevin had considered himself a game-time decision. But Drew ruled him out.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love has been ruled OUT today with left shoulder soreness.
Cayleigh Griffin: Kevin Love will be available tonight, despite not participating in shootaround this morning. #BeTheFight
Rick Noland: Nance, Tristan, Love all available for Cavs
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs coach Larry Drew said @Kevin Love out tonight vs Pistons with lower back soreness. Drew said “he took a very tough fall” at Dallas
Love said he plans to play Thursday against Phoenix and intends to build up his minutes over the next few weeks. Cleveland has 24 games left. “I think you’ll see me more on a steady basis and not miss games after the break, I’m hoping,” said Love, who has played in just two games since November. “So just continue to improve the minutes and make sure that I’m feeling good and go from there.”
Rick Noland: Drew hopeful Tristan will be able to play soon after All-Star break. Also says Love “on board” with decision not to play tonight
Rick Noland: Kevin Love out tonight vs. Nets
Chris Fedor: On the 8:30 injury report from the NBA, #Cavs list Kevin Love as questionable. Today, Larry Drew wouldn’t rule out Love. Every other time asked, Drew would say something like “not likely” or “that would be pushing it.” Verrrrry interesting…
Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love took part in a contact scrimmage and could be days from playing in a game. Love has been out since late October after undergoing surgery on his left foot. He played in just four games before the pain became too much and he opted for surgery. Cavs coach Larry Drew said Love “did pretty well” during Thursday’s 5-on-5 workout.
Kevin Love took a big step in his recovery on Thursday afternoon, going through his first full-contact 5-on-5 practice. “He actually did pretty well,” Cavs head coach Larry Drew said afterward. “He moved around pretty well. Got a little winded, which is expected. The first time he has really been in a contact situation where we went up and down and there was actual contact. I thought he moved really well, shot the ball well, passed the ball well. Hopefully tomorrow there are no setbacks when he comes to practice and we will see how he is.”
Kevin Love was back on the practice floor Monday afternoon, going 5 on 0 with teammates in non-contact sets, but is unlikely to play in either of Cleveland’s games this week.
“I don’t anticipate it,” Drew said when asked about Love’s immediate availability following Monday’s practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “We still want to get him involved with some contact to see how he does with that and see how he is the following day. Right now it’s a step in the right direction, but he won’t play tomorrow and chances are he won’t play this week.”
Love played in just four games before undergoing surgery Nov. 2 to relieve pressure around his big toe. He was recently cleared by doctors to begin some “select basketball activities,” but Love said Monday he’s not ready to run on the foot, which he injured in Cleveland’s exhibition opener.
“I don’t know,” Love told reporters Monday. “Hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. I just don’t know when it’s going to be.” “… I think I’ll get more of an idea of that over the next couple weeks. And then from there, there will be even more progression and get out on the court. I don’t know when I’ll be able to go one on one, two on two, three on three, but I think that’s all part of the next few weeks I’d say.”
Marc J. Spears: The Cavaliers say Kevin Love (left foot surgery) will now progress with select basketball activities and continue to advance his therapy and strength and conditioning program. A timeline will be established as progression through this phase of his rehabilitation is complete.
Joe Vardon: Several of you have asked. Kevin Love is still out until mid-January, at least. He’s thinking maybe, possibly, kinda the middle of their six-game WC trip, but as of now he’s not even cleared for on-court work, and won’t be until after the new year
Kevin Love is targeting a mid-January return to the court from foot surgery, following a consultation Monday with Dr. Martin O’Malley in New York. When he returns, the Cavs plan to play him. Sounds obvious, considering Love’s a five-time All-Star, but the situation is trickier than you might think. Love had cartilage removed and fluid drained from the base of the big toe on his left foot by O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Nov. 2. Scans on his foot Monday were clean, and he can begin to ramp up his workouts in another three to four weeks, he told The Athletic. He said he wouldn’t return before he’s ready, estimating his absence extending another six weeks.
How close is Love to a return? That’s a question no one in the organization can answer. Love recently spoke on ESPN’s The Jump about coming back sometime after the new year. But in a positive development, he’s been on the bench for the last two home games. On Monday morning, Love was doing more rehab work off to the side following shootaround, tossing a medicine ball up against the wall. Later that night, he was out of his walking boot, cheering on his teammates while they were making a second-half rally on his bobblehead night.
Joe Vardon: Kevin Love is on the bench tonight for the Cavs. He’s out of his walking boot and has picked up his workouts.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said Tuesday that he expects to remain out until “sometime after the new year.” Love underwent toe surgery Nov. 2, and the Cavs said at the time that Love would be out at least six weeks. Six weeks from the surgery would be Dec. 14.
Love told ESPN’s The Jump on Tuesday that his absence likely will extend beyond the six-week mark. He said he’ll be “in and out” of a boot for two more weeks. “There’s just no telling at this time with the weight-bearing injury what it is going to be like moving forward, but I expect to be back sometime after the new year,” he said.
When Drew was asked whether there’s a chance Love is shut down for the season, he paused for a moment before answering. “I’m not concerned about that,” Drew said. “I haven’t gotten anything from our side as far as missing for the year. I’m going to proceed with the whole fact that he is going to be out for a period of time and that’s how we have to prepare. Like I said, I’m hoping he will be back sooner than later. But I have to prepare this team as best I can since he’s not here.”
“Unfortunate that it’s this part, the very beginning of the year,” Acting coach Larry Drew said prior to Saturday’s matchup against the Hornets. “I reached out to him yesterday and just told him to get well and we will be here waiting on you and we’re going to miss you. He hit me right back. We have to move on. We wish him a speedy recovery and we will be ecstatic when he gets back.”
Cayleigh Griffin: Kevin Love is out indefinitely with a left toe injury. He said he will be re-evaluated in a few weeks.
Rick Noland: Love said it is his left big toe that is sore. Plan is to rest it 2-3 weeks, and hope that’s enough. Surgery, however, has not been ruled out
Rick Noland: Love: “The only way I’m going to be best for this team is if I’m healthy. I haven’t been the past month”
Scott Agness: Kevin Love won’t play tonight. He continues to experience left foot soreness. Sam Dekker will start.
Cayleigh Griffin: Kevin Love is listed as questionable for tonight. His status will be updated before game time. #BeTheFight
Joe Gabriele: Channing Frye will get the start in place of Kevin Love, out with left foot soreness, tonight in DET.
Joe Vardon: Kevin Love is out tonight against the Pistons with what the Cavs are calling left foot soreness. They are 0-4 and going to play the Pistons on a back to back. I cannot imagine a worse start to this season — loses and Love injury, even if it’s minor
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs announce @Kevin Love out tonight at Detroit with left foot soreness. Limp noticeable in post-game locker room Wednesday
Marc J. Spears: The Cavs say Kevin Love has completed the NBA’s Concussion Return to Play Program and will be available to play tonight in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
Ben Rohrbach: Kevin Love won’t participate in today’s NBA Finals Media Day. Still in concussion protocol, per NBA.
Rick Noland: Lue says Love still in concussion protocol, too early to determine status for Game 1
Jeff Green will start Game 7 for the injured Kevin Love, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said this morning. Lue said Green’s versatility on defense, which will allow the Cavs to switch on any Boston pick, was a primary reason to go with him.
Green essentially filled in for Love after he suffered a concussion in Game 6 and finished with 14 points. “I think he attacked the small guys, the switches, and took his time, did a good job attacking, rebounded the ball well,” Lue said. “I just think defensively being able to switch and guard multiple positions, that’s huge for us. He was able to switch a lot more, we were able to do a lot of different stuff defensively.”
Jeff Zillgitt: Cavs teleconference was a tad confusing – but Kevin Love is in the concussion protocol program and will miss Game 7, per people with direct knowledge.
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Michael Scotto: The Brooklyn Nets will tender a qualifying offer to forward Reggie Perry, league sources told @hoopshype. Perry will become a restricted free agent. He was a two-way player for Brooklyn last season.
Hollinger: I’ve heard a lot of different stuff, but if I had to bet on one outcome, I think it ends with an offer sheet from the Bulls that the Pelicans decide to match after Kyle Lowry signs with the Mavericks. At the end of the day, Ball is both young and good, and having him on a multiyear deal on the same timeline as Zion and Ingram is still New Orleans’ best option. Keeping him also lets them re-sign Hart and use their full mid-level exception — and hopefully build the team in a more organic way than relying on the cap-space fairy to save them.
With Ball’s ties to the Los Angeles area, there will always be speculation about him making a potential return to the West Coast. With Russell Westbrook going to the Lakers, the Clippers are obviously the only team we should focus on here. There have been some rumors about the Clippers having interest in Ball to fill their hole at point guard. Reggie Jackson was incredible during their playoff run last year, but I’d imagine the Clips have some interest in getting younger and a little more athletic in the backcourt.
Tatum is healthy now and is also coming off his best game in a Team USA uniform, with 27 points and five 3s in a 35-point win over the Czech Republic Saturday night. Tatum was terrible in that exhibition win over Spain (3-of-9 shooting) and in the Olympics-opening loss to France (3-of-9 shooting); he scored 17 but was 2-of-7 from 3 in the 54-point win over Iran. “I don’t know,” Tatum said Saturday night, when asked why he thought he’d gotten off to a slow start. “New environment, new basketball, different style of basketball, the rules are different, playing on a new team, it’s a lot of things. But I was never worried, never concerned. I knew that shots would fall eventually and start to feel good about yourself, and then it’s just basketball.”
Spain is much closer in that department and has the discipline to run an offense that could exploit some of Team USA’s defensive switches. Unless Tatum is back to his old self, and the Americans we’ve seen in the last two games are the collective pieces of a set that is not going to suffer another setback. Any more of those, and the gold medal chase is over. These games really count now. “Our confidence never wavered,” Tatum said. “We understood that it wasn’t gonna be easy. We didn’t have our full team until four days ago, five days ago, so we knew that we had a lot of challenges ahead of us. And we also know that we would continue to get better every day, we would get better from each game, each practice, just the more time that we spent together, we were never going to be the same team, from day one, that we are now. And hopefully we’re better this time next week than we were today.”
August 1, 2021 | 7:33 am EDT Update
Ben Golliver: 2020 Tokyo Olympics men’s basketball bracket is set. USA will face Spain, the reigning FIBA World Cup champions, in quarterfinals. If USA wins, would face Australia or Argentina in semis. – France vs. Italy – Slovenia vs. Germany — – USA vs. Spain – Australia vs. Argentina
The Chicago Bulls and forward Lauri Markkanen are open to a sign-and-trade deal, league sources told HoopsHype. One team to keep an eye on in the sign-and-trade market for Markkanen is the Minnesota Timberwolves, who’ve been searching for an upgrade at the power forward position.