Love experienced pain during Saturday's game against Denver, prompting the Cavaliers to examine him Sunday at Cleveland Clinic Sports Healthy by Dr. James Rosneck.
From here on out, should James or Irving start experiencing the kind of nagging soreness and discomfort that Love felt during the first two games before the swelling started, Lue can ill afford to risk rolling the dice and exposing them to injury, too. There are only eight weeks left in the National Basketball Association season, so even if Love stays on schedule and returns six weeks from today, Cleveland will likely limit his minutes over the final fortnight of the regular season in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs.
Nov 4, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) battle for a rebound during a game at Quicken Loans Arena. "We just play", James said.
Six weeks brings us to March 28, which gives Love just enough time to get back and get re-acclimated before the playoffs start.
Love is averaging 20.0 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists for the Cavaliers, who have won 5 of their past 6 games and improved to 37-16, the best record in the Eastern Conference and fourth-best in the league overall. Love's name had floated in trade rumors for weeks, but following some recent strong performances, coach Tyronn Lue dismissed the notion that the four-time All-Star was going anywhere.
The Washington Wizards is having a wonderful season and it can be seen that the team has come out strong when Beal returned to play after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Love's absence will put further stress on Cleveland's depth and could force general manager David Griffin to make a major move before the February 23 trading deadline. The Cavs host IN on Wednesday IN their final game before the All-Star break.
"I had looks I've had all season", George said.
In addition, forward Derrick Williams, who the team signed to a 10-day contract on Thursday, has played very well in the three games he has played in and is expected to be signed to at least a season-long deal to remain with the team. "I'm confident that we'll play well so guys got to be ready to play".