Kevin Love Fractures Hand; Likely Out 6-8 Weeks

Detroit has been buzzing over the past 24 hours after the Pistons traded for Blake Griffin, but the superstar wasn't made available for the team's matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night at Little Caesars Arena.

On the heels of the team questioning Kevin Love on why he had to leave a game recently and essentially blaming him for losses, they will now have to find another scapegoat for the next several weeks.

Love left the game after just four minutes of action and was later diagnosed with what's reported to be a non-displaced fracture in his left hand.

The story floating around last night was the Clippers did the Griffin deal with an eye on trying to get an audience with LeBron James in July and having enough flexibility to potentially include another marquee player like Paul George, stealing a page out of the Lakers' dream plan.

The injury occurred early in the first quarter. "That third quarter, everybody really worked defensively, but he was back there protecting everything and that's when you have a chance to be very good". It was the same hand he had surgery on back in 2009 that required three screws to be inserted. New Orleans big man DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles last week and is done for the season, and Washington guard John Wall will miss six to eight weeks following a knee procedure.

But without Kevin Love to help carry the load, the Cavs have their work cut out against this Heat team. Kevin Love is averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in his tenth season in the National Basketball Association.

He had just been announced as an 2018 NBA All-Star Game reserve this month.

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In a touch of irony, James was asked at shootaround what he would consider a successful regular season for the Cavs.

Last week, Love reportedly drew the ire of his teammates during a closed-door meeting over the legitimacy of an illness that cut short his playing time in a 148-120 home loss to the Thunder on January 20.

Thomas never should have been put in this position. Bullock's trey with five minutes left pushed the Pistons' up to 111-104.

DETROIT - returned to the following a two-game absence spent by the side of his agent, Henry "Hank" Thomas, who died over the weekend at the age of 64.

DeRozan finished with 23 points and eight assists and Lowry scored 15 with nine assists as Toronto improved to 34-15 on the season. The Pistons also had a 68-38 advantage in points in the paint.

Johnson also grabbed 10 rebounds, while Detroit's Andre Drummond piled up 21 points, 22 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three blocks. Wade (21,800) moved past Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on the NBA's career scoring list.

  • Lawrence Cooper