Kevin Love Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Shoulder and Return

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers, but it isn’t believed to be too serious. 

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Early Indications Positive for Love

Wednesday, Feb. 10

While the severity of Love’s injury has yet to be disclosed by the Cavaliers, ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin cited a league source who said, “Most likely he’ll be fine.”

Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon cited another team source who said the Cavaliers are being “overly cautious” with Love’s shoulder. 

Based on those reports, the Cavaliers can at least breathe a slight sigh of relief.

Love’s left shoulder is the same one that required surgery after it was dislocated during the 2015 playoffs, and his recovery timetable following the procedure was listed at four to six months. 

Though he’s been a frequent target of criticism since the Cavaliers assembled their Big Three, the stretch 4 has been vital to the success of Cleveland’s offense.

According to NBA.com’s stats database, Cleveland’s offense is 8.5 points better per 100 possessions when Love is on the floor. 

Love is also one of two qualified players—along with the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins—averaging at least 15 points and 10 rebounds while shooting better than 35 percent from three this season, per Basketball-Reference.com

Since the Cavaliers won’t hit the hardwood again until Feb. 18, the All-Star break should afford Love an extended period to rest up and get healthy as the Cavaliers seek to capture the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed. 

Source: Bleacher Report