Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love just can’t seem to catch a break. The man who seems to always get hurt at the most inopportune times has suffered yet another ill-timed injury. After battling a knee issue as of late, Love underwent arthroscopic knee surgery this morning to clean up his left knee.
Cavaliers say forward & All-Star Kevin Love had arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body from his left knee this morning out six weeks.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 14, 2017
With a six week recovery in front of him, Love will likely miss the rest of the regular season and will have to be quickly worked back into top form at the start of the playoffs.
A disheartening injury, for sure, Love’s latest ailment has put a major damper on what was a great season for him thus far. Selected as an All-Star for the first time since joining the Cavs, Love had quelled any previous notions during the course of this season that he would never be able to mesh with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Despite being associated with several trade rumors in recent weeks, including one linking him to Carmelo Anthony, the Cavs made it clear that they weren’t about to deal away their star big man.
Now, Love will join J.R. Smith on the bench as both recover from major injuries. Smith, who has been sorely missed by the Cavs during his layoff, is set to return from a significant thumb injury in mid-March. Until then, LeBron and Kyrie will have to carry Cleveland.
Perhaps the Love injury will incite the Cavaliers to acquire a veteran big via the trade market prior to the February 23 deadline. Regardless, Cleveland should be expected to face some heavy adversity without Love in the lineup.