Cavs lose Love to in­jury



Aloss to short-handed Detroit was hardly the big­gest con­cern for LeBron James and the Cleve­land Cava­liers. Cleve­land’s re­cent rough stretch went from bad to worse Tues­day night when Kevin Love ex­ited with a bro­ken left hand in a 125-114 loss to the Pis­tons. The Cava­liers said he had a nondis­placed frac­ture in his fifth metacarpal and his sta­tus would be up­dated after ad­di­tional ex­am­i­na­tion to­day in Cleve­land.

“It’s just un­for­tu­nate for our team,” James said. “Ob­vi­ously with ev­ery­thing (that’s) been go­ing on as of late with our ball­club, just try­ing to fig­ure out how we’re go­ing to play ev­ery night, dif­fer­ent line­ups, and get­ting ev­ery­body into the flow, we don’t need to have Kev go out like that. He’s go­ing to be out for quite a while — maybe two months — so it’s just tough.”

The Cavs have lost 11 of 16, and the in­jury will likely af­fect the de­fend­ing East­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons’ plans as the Feb. 8 trad­ing dead­line ap­proaches. They may have to make a sig­nif­i­cant move to re­place Love.

“When it rains, it pours,” coach Ty­ronn Lue said.

An­dre Drum­mond had 21 points and 22 re­bounds for the Pis­tons, who snapped an eight-game los­ing streak de­spite a lineup that was de­pleted by their block­buster trade for Blake Grif­fin. Detroit dealt three play­ers to the Los Angeles Clip­pers to get Grif­fin, and nei­ther he nor the other two play­ers the Pis­tons re­ceived in re­turn were avail­able against Cleve­land. Drum­mond — whose own sta­tus was in ques­tion be­cause of an ill­ness — had a huge game, and Stan­ley John­son added a ca­reer-high 26 points.

Reg­gie Bul­lock added 22 points for the Pis­tons, and An­thony Tol­liver scored 20.

“I needed that, and ev­ery­one in the room needed that,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. “When you’ve lost eight in a row, all you care about is get­ting to the end of a game with more points than the other team. It doesn’t mat­ter how.”

James scored 21 points for the Cavs, but Cleve­land was list­less early and out­played late — and the re­sult felt sec­ondary to Love’s health.

Love played only 4:41 and went score­less.

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