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Love hurts: Cavaliers' All-Star forward out at least 6 weeks

Love hurts: Cavaliers' All-Star forward out at least 6 weeks Love hurts: Cavaliers' All-Star forward out at least 6 weeks
Kristopher Love | 17 February, 2017, 00:53

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss six weeks as he undergoes a scope on his injured left knee according to ESPN.

The All-Star power forward underwent arthroscopic knee surgery, the team announced in a statement.

Six weeks brings us to March 28, which gives Love just enough time to get back and get re-acclimated before the playoffs start. As noted by Cleveland.com, the team has yet to reveal the results of the MRI, and as of Tuesday, has not disclosed where Kevin Love would get a second opinion. If that recovery time is correct, Love will return with eight regular season games remaining on the schedule.

But that's ignoring the complications surrounding such a deal, and why, just one week ago, the Cavs and LeBron vehemently denied that Love is being traded anywhere. He started this one by alluding to his chase for Michael Jordan's six rings, and now he's in the middle of it fighting nightly just to keep Cavs on top of the L-Eastern Conference.

James, 32, is already averaging a team-high 37.6 minutes per game this season for a Cavaliers team that can't seem to get by for long stretches without the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player on the court.

The Cavs have always been expected to make some sort of smaller move before the trade deadline and Love's injury may speed up that process.

But Lue said Love now faced a further examination on Tuesday to assess his injury.

It's true the Cavs received a dose of bad news earlier this season, when it was learned shooting guard J.R. Smith would be lost for a good chunk with an injured thumb.

"I definitely have to figure it out", Lue said. "And with the additional guys that we have now and Kay [Felder] and [DeAndre Liggins] and those guys can step up and be ready to play".

A Cavs source later offered Vardon a different "characterization of some of the events", suggesting that the team "didn't know there was a problem" with Love's knee "until it swelled prior to playing against the Nuggets on Saturday". And even if he doesn't really want to, LeBron should get rest too. James Jones and Derrick Williams could be relied upon to play in Love's place as well.