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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.
Marc J. Spears: Injured Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was evaluated today prior to the team’s flight to Boston this afternoon. He is experiencing concussion-like symptoms and has been placed in the league’s concussion protocol. He is listed as out for tomorrow’s Game 7 in Boston.
Kevin Love was placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol and his status for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday is uncertain. Coach Tyronn Lue said Love hasn’t been ruled out for the game and will travel with the team to Boston, but will have to pass a series of tests to be able to play.
Marla Ridenour: Was some confusion during conference call with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue over whether Kevin Love has officially been placed in concussion protocol. Still being evaluated. Love’s status for Game 7 uncertain. Update from Cavs later today
The team announced Love would not return during halftime and said the big man was being evaluated for a concussion. Multiple sources with knowledge of Love’s status told ESPN that the next stage of the evaluation process won’t be possible until Love has a night’s rest. “Tomorrow will tell us more,” one source said.
Kevin Love will miss the remainder of Game 6 after suffering a blow to the head in the first quarter and is being evaluated for a concussion.
Love was out of the game with 6:58 left in the first quarter after he banged heads with Jayson Tatum while the Cavs were on defense and neither saw the other coming. Tatum was dazed by the blow, but Love crumpled to the court and held the back of his head.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love and Jayson Tatum collided with each other. Love gets up slowly.
Scott Agness: As expected, Kevin Love (left thumb) is good to go tonight. He looked comfortable putting up shots before shootaround. He’s averaging 12pts, 12.5rebs per game in the series. But shooting just 33 percent.
It was the same hand that Love fractured Jan. 30 at Detroit and missed nearly seven weeks. “I saw a replay, too, and it didn’t look good,” Love said. “Hurt pretty bad. Initially I told Ty afterward that I could have gone back in, but I think he liked the flow out there and guys made big plays down the stretch. “It’s not going to feel great tomorrow, but throw some ice on it, tape it up and be ready to go.”
Dave McMenamin: Ty Lue says that Kevin Love is good to play in Game 3. Just had a jammed thumb. He didn’t go back in the game because Lue liked the flow of the team he had on the floor.
Rick Noland: Lue says Love’s hand is absolutely fine
Chris Mannix: Ty Lue says Kevin Love jammed his thumb and “he’s good.”
Tim Bontemps: Showed a replay of Love’s thumb going in a bad direction trying to stop that Oladipo pass. That could be disastrous for Cleveland moving forward.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kevin Love appears to have his left thumb taped...
Dave McMenamin: Kevin Love has been ruled out of tonight’s game vs. CHA, per the Cavs
Love came back in the second quarter, but was re-evaluated at halftime and didn’t return. He finished with one point. It wasn’t immediately clear if he would be available to play Wednesday against the Hornets.
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 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.”
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League sources say the camp’s final spot belongs to Charge guard Levi Randolph, who is currently playing for Team USA at the FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying games. Randolph is expected to officially sign his deal on Tuesday.
After waiving Rayjon Tucker early Saturday afternoon, the Cavs have 14 NBA players under contract. Lamar Stevens and Matt Mooney are both on two-way deals. The Cavs have also agreed to Exhibit 10 contracts with 2019 undrafted swingman Charles Matthews and Canton Charge center Marques Bolden.
Marc Stein: Still to be finalized, of course, is a firm NBA trade deadline for the 2020-21 season The league said earlier this week that its revised All-Star plans for this season will also be announced at a later date