The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without their starting center and power forward for the final game of the 2018-19 season.
Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will rest against the Charlotte Hornets, officially ending their respective seasons. Both have had issues with injuries throughout the year, so resting them ensures they will be healthy heading into the offseason and able to work on their games.
Love has been dealing with a lower back contusion and was initially listed as questionable, but it’s clear the team is erring on the side of caution.
While Love will likely have a mostly relaxing summer, we likely will get to see Tristan Thompson play for Team Canada at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Thompson has been a large part of the leadership for Team Canada and it’s hard to imagine him not participating in Canada’s first World Cup appearance since 2010.
With the two bigs on the sideline, Channing Frye will get to start his last game as a professional before enjoying retirement. Frye was honored by the fans and organization for his contributions on and off the court during Sunday’s game, and will have an opportunity to raise his career total for three pointers one last time.
A loss to the Hornets on Tuesday night would ensure that the Cavs will finish with the second worst record in the league. Although they may share that honor with the Phoenix Suns if they are unable to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in their final game of the season.