According a press release released by the Cavs, Kevin Love experienced left knee pain against the Denver Nuggets and it lingered after the game. He was then evaluated on Sunday and has been ruled out for the Cavs’ next game on Tuesday at the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Per the Cavs, Love had an MRI Sunday at the Cleveland Clinch and his status beyond Tuesday is to be determined.
Here’s the Cavs’ release in full:
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love experienced left knee pain during Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets at Quicken Loans Arena. He experienced continued soreness and effusion postgame and was examined further on Sunday, including an MRI, at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health by Dr. James Rosneck. Love will undergo additional treatment and evaluation over the next several days and is listed as OUT for the Cavaliers game in Minneapolis vs. the Timberwolves on Tuesday, February 14th. His status will be updated after that as appropriate.
INJURY UPDATE: @kevinlove (left knee) is listed as OUT for Tuesday's game in Minnesota. [MORE]: https://t.co/7Ng014yGiZ pic.twitter.com/UQWzm9bxzK— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 12, 2017
Tuesday’s game is the Cavaliers’ second-to-lat prior to the All-Star break, with the finale coming Wednesday at home against the Indiana Pacers. Depending on how he responds to treatment, the safest course of action may be for him to sit out Wednesday as well. Additionally, it’s possible that he could miss next weekend’s All-Star festivities. Love is a reserve for the Eastern Conference.
For the year, Love is averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds in 46 games. So far this season, Love has missed seven games mostly due to ongoing back issues.