The team announced the surgery was performed to remove a loose body. The Cavaliers needed his effort to hold off Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The 30-year-old averages 20.3 points and 6.4 assists with a three-point shooting rating of 44.2 per cent. While shooting 7-of-15 from the floor and 4-of-11 from deep, the big man also pitched in one assist and two blocks and finished with a plus-17, the best on the team. The 28-year-old has a 9.2 net rating that makes him a top member of the Cavaliers and his on/off rating of plus-12.0 makes him almost on par with Lebron James.
Wiggins' third 40-plus point effort of the season and Minnesota's gutsy shortcomings offered little consolation. We good. Kev is out, Kev is out for an extended period of time. "It's always competitive playing them". We've got one more game.
Yet, the Cleveland Cavaliers are unwilling to trade the All-Star because of the chemistry he's built with the Cavs over the past two and a half seasons. But the Wolves are in a long play with Wiggins. James and Kyrie Irving each scored 25 points to lead the Cavs scoring. Simulations using ESPN's Basketball Power Index (BPI) show the Celtics finishing three games back of Cleveland, so Love's injury opens the door to Boston claiming the top seed in the East.
With Love out of the lineup, expect to see forward Channing Frye on the court a bit more.
Obviously the Cavs could look to lock up Williams for the rest of the season and still add another forward while Love is out of commission.
The max contract he coveted but never received in Minnesota calls for him to earn $110 million over five years, with an ascending cap hit topping out at $25 million.
"Write it however you want", Lue said.
Ian Thomsen: They're going to miss him - but in his absence they'll have no choice but to develop other options on the perimeter, which will force them to address the playmaking issue that LeBron raised weeks ago. That should be enough for him to get consideration as the replacement for Love.
In early January the Cavs acquired Kyle Korver, who ranks eighth all time in three-pointers.
Maybe fretting about the future is more in line with human nature than appreciating the present - the reason why you see more shows about apocalypse scenarios than about gratitude journaling - but at some point, you can see where James' exasperation is coming from.