Per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, Cavs forward Kevin Love has left the game and headed back to the locker room with trainer Steve Spiro to have his left hand looked at:
Kevin Love is heading to the locker room with trainer Steve Spiro to have his left hand looked at.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 31, 2018
Love previously broke the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during the 2009 season, causing him to miss 18 games. He also broke the third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand during the 2012-13 season, causing him to play in just 18 games that season.
We’ll update this post as more information becomes available.
Update - 9:13 p.m.
Per the Cavs, Love suffered a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He will not return tonight and will be evaluated tomorrow in Cleveland.
Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Love is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
Kevin Love likely out 6-8 weeks— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 31, 2018
A 6-8 week timeframe would knock him out of the All-Star game and keep him out all of February and at least part of March. In the best case scenario, Love would have about a month to play before the playoffs started. In the worst case scenario, his return would brush right up against the start of the playoffs.
Love his hurt his hand in the first quarter when he appeared to get his hand caught in Anthony Tolliver’s jersey.