The Cavaliers lost two things on Tuesday night in Detroit: Kevin Love and the game.
The Pistons beat the Cavs 125-114, snapping a two-game winning streak for Cleveland. With its win, Detroit snapped an eight game losing streak and did so with a depleted roster; their acquisition of Blake Griffin from the Clippers meant the team was down a few men, plus injured starting point guard Reggie Jackson.
LeBron James led the Cavs with 21 points, but did not score in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas finished with 19 points and went 12-13 from the line, but finished 3-10 from the field and committed six turnovers against five assists. Channing Frye added a season-high 20 points off the bench.
Love left the game with 7:19 to go in the first quarter after appearing to get his hand caught in Anthony Tolliver’s jersey while the two jostled for position inside. He immediately went to the locker room and did not return to the floor. The team later announced he suffered non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. He is expected to miss 6-8 week and will more evaluated further Wednesday in Cleveland.
Per ESPN, Love left at halftime after talking to the team and is being driven the two-and-a-half hours back to Cleveland. Jae Crowder started the second half in Love’s place alongside James, Thomas, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson.
Dwyane Wade, back with the team after missing two games due to the death of his agent, scored 18 points off the bench. Wade passed Larry Bird on the NBA’s all-time scoring list in the process.
With the loss, the Cavs are only half a game ahead of the Heat for third place in the Eastern Conference. As it happens, Cleveland will host Miami Wednesday in Cleveland. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.