The Cleveland Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to a potentially season-altering hand injury after exiting in the first quarter during Tuesday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Here's the latest update from the Cavs from team spokeswoman Alyssa Dombrowski:
"Kevin Love experienced a fractured left hand fifth metacarpal during the first quarter of last night’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. This includes additional consultation with specialists at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City in collaboration with the Cavaliers medical team and the Cleveland Clinic. 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."
Love left after only playing 4:41 in the game. The injury occurred as Detroit Pistons players swatted at the ball after Love came down with a rebound.
Here's where Kevin Love broke his hand. Major blow to the Cavs... pic.twitter.com/vQeyGmxUZS— Dime on UPROXX (@DimeUPROXX) January 31, 2018
The 29-year-old immediately ran off the court and down the tunnel toward the locker room, where he received X-rays at the arena in Detroit. He was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal, according to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The injury occurred in his non-shooting hand.
He is expected to miss up to 8 weeks with the injury.
Kevin Love likely out 6-8 weeks— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 31, 2018
Love has only missed one game this season, but he has recently been involved in the team's turmoil after reports surfaced about teammates questioning whether Love was really ill when he exited a game early.
"I didn't call him out," Isaiah Thomas said. "I asked him why wasn't he at the game during the game supporting his teammates."
Following the game, Love's teammates spoke about the injury and what it means moving forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James' reaction to losing Kevin Love to a fractured hand in tonight's loss to the Pistons. pic.twitter.com/ONFRsmJyEs— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) January 31, 2018
Once again all these injuries suck...@kevinlove get well you will be missed!— DWade (@DwyaneWade) January 31, 2018
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