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Kevin Love’s thumb injury won’t keep him out for Game 3

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Love hurt it in the fourth quarter and was available to return.

NBA: Playoffs-Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

When Kevin Love left the Cavs’ Game 2 win over the Pacers with what looked like a left hand injury, there was some understandable fear about Love’s status considering it was the same hand he broke earlier this season.

However, according to Love and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, all is well.

Love’s injury occurred when he took a pass from a Pacers player jammed his thumb. He initially feared he broke it, but after being looked at on the bench, he said he was able to return. After the game, he underwent X-rays that came back negative.

ESPN reports that Love suffered a partial torn ligament in the thumb.

“I saw a replay too and it didn’t look good. Hurt pretty bad,” Love said. “It’s not going to feel great tomorrow, but throw some ice on it, tape it up and be ready to go.” He also said he twisted his right ankle in the Cavs’ win.

For his part, Lue said he didn’t insert Love back into the game due to the flow of it.