Kevin Love Thumb Injury Diagnosed as Torn Ligament; Will Be Ready for Game 3

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) shoots over Utah Jazz center Ekpe Udoh (33) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)
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Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his thumb in Wednesday's game against the Indiana Pacers, per Dave McMenamin of ESPN, but he is not expected to miss any time as a result.

Love was seen checking out his hand on the bench in the fourth quarter of Game 2. However, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue revealed after the game that "he's good," per Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports.

The veteran big man had 15 points and eight rebounds in a 100-97 victory that evened the first-round series at one game apiece.

Love has struggled with injuries all year long, most notably missing 21 games with a broken hand. Since coming back, he has also dealt with a tooth injury and concussion symptoms.

This is the second year in a row, and fifth time in 10 career seasons, he has failed to top 60 games played.

When healthy, however, Love remains one of the more versatile big men in the league. He earned his fifth All-Star appearance, including his second in a row, thanks to his effort offensively and on the glass.

He averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game during the regular season, shooting 41.5 percent from three-point range.

Unfortunately, the 29-year-old's health could be an issue once again, putting more pressure on a shallow Cavaliers bench. Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance Jr. could be called upon to pick up the slack in the low post next to LeBron James if the injury affects Love's play.    

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