Cavs' Kevin Love Breaks Left Hand; Expected To Miss 6-8 Weeks

Cavs' Kevin Love Breaks Left Hand; Expected To Miss 6-8 Weeks

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Cavaliers, their battle became that much harder.

Kevin Love left Cleveland's game at Detroit on Tuesday night with a broken left hand. X-rays showed a fracture. "He's a big part of this team, and it's just got to be the next-man-up mentality". Love, who was selected as an All-Star last week, will also be replaced by another player that has yet to be announced.

Detroit acquired five-time NBA All-Star Blake Griffin, center Willie Reed and forward Brice Johnson from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, center Boban Marjanovic, a future protected first-round draft choice and a future second-round draft choice on Monday.

This is certainly not the news the Cavs need as they try and battle their way out of a month-long slump, but they will have to try and find a way to overcome Love's absence.

Love was jostling for position on an entry pass under the basket during the first quarter but stooped over after failing to control the ball, grabbed his injured hand and jogged to the locker room to assess the injury. It was reported that teammates were frustrated that Love missed a majority of the blowout game, as well as the following day's practice. In Sunday's win, James piled up 25 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists and Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds.