Early in Tuesday’s 125-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons, Cavs PF Kevin Love sustained a devastating fracture to his left hand that will keep him out for 6-8 weeks. Yes, this injury is real. But I tried to lighten the mood a bit.
Doctor: now you see that line, LeBron? That’s where the fracture is.
LeBron: Doc is there any way you could fake this?
LeBron: I don’t believe you. He has to be faking this. *Grabs him by the throat* YOU TELL ME HE’S FAKING THIS RIGHT NOW!!!
Doc *Choking* ok he is
— Zach Shafron (@ZachOnCST) January 31, 2018
With Love out, it depletes a Cavs team that was already trying to find itself with Isaiah Thomas still struggling to find a role. Normally, I would be frustrated with a loss like this one, but Love provides 18.2 points and 9.6 boards a night and didn’t do anything in his five minutes of play before the injury. That’s hard to just make up. Plus, knowing he was hurt couldn’t have helped the club mentally…
The State of The Cavs is…in turmoil. The team must dig deep and everyone has to step up after losing a huge asset due to injury. In my opinion, a trade must be made to provide more defense, but that was already necessary. With Love out, the team may actually be better defensively and require a scorer to come to town and make up those points.
Love will not return until the middle of March at the earliest. Then, there’s that adjustment period that comes with regrouping from an injury. We are seeing that IT2 right now and it can be ugly at times…
Right now, the Cavs must be careful not to fall in a horrific slump and drop in the standings. There is only a four-game separation from seeds 3-8.
However, with LeBron James on the Cavs, there is no counting out this bunch regardless of seeding until they get eliminated from the playoffs.
Take it one game at a time, boys!
Here's a look at the play when Kevin Love broke his hand. Seems like a freak injury that happened on a normal basketball play. Outside of him wincing, you'd have no idea it happened. KLove even played the next 1:32 after breaking his hand. pic.twitter.com/fsVLAas9hQ
— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) January 31, 2018