OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 weeks ago

Love (toe) is targeting a return to game action in mid-January, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Love has honed in on a return date after receiving a consultation Monday in New York for the injured big toe on his left foot. The big man required surgery Nov. 2 to have cartilage removed and fluid drained from the toe and plans to ramp up his workouts by the end of December. At 5-18 on the season, the lottery-bound Cavaliers aren't incentivized to rush Love back to the court, though Vardon's report notes that the team plans to deploy him as they normally would once he's back to full health.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 weeks ago

Love (toe) was spotted on Cleveland's bench Monday without a boot on his left foot, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Love appears to be progressing faster than anticipated, as he wasn't expected to have his walking boot removed for another week or so. However, he still has a long way to go until returning to game action and is expected to undergo an MRI in the next few weeks, at which point the Cavaliers should have a more concrete timeline for Love's return.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 weeks ago

Love (toe) said Tuesday on ESPN's "The Jump" program that he'll have the walking boot removed from his left foot in two weeks, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "After that I'll get an [MRI] at four weeks and go from there," Love said. "I expect to be back sometime after the new year."

EDGE Analysis

The Cavaliers haven't outlined a formal timeline for Love's recovery from Nov. 2 surgery to address a sore left toe, so the update the big man provided on his situation brings some clarity to the matter. As January draws closer, Love's involvement in on-court activity should provide an even better indication of when he'll be able to play again. At least for the next month or so, however, it looks as though the Cavaliers will proceed with Tristan Thompson as their primary option at center, with the duo of Cedi Osman and Larry Nance filling most of the minutes at power forward. Sam Dekker (ankle) will provide further help at the four once he's back to full strength, perhaps before the end of the month or early December.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
1 month ago

Love had surgery on his left toe Friday and his status will be updated in six weeks, Joe Vardon of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

In almost the worst case scenario for the Cavaliers, Love's toe surgery will leave him out at least six weeks with a good possibility of missing time beyond. In what appeared to be just a minor foot injury has turned out to be a nightmare for both Love and the Cavaliers. The former UCLA star was averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds prior to his toe injury.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
1 month ago

Love (toe) will be re-evaluated in a few weeks, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reports emerged Monday that Love could be sidelined for a month, so the news that he'll be re-evaluated in a few weeks doesn't come as a surprise. Still, it hadn't been confirmed until Tuesday that Love would actually be out multiple weeks. It seems likely that Sam Dekker and Larry Nance will be the main beneficiaries at the power forward spot, while the likes of Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson may be asked to take on a bigger scoring load.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 months ago

The Cavaliers are preparing for the possibility of Love missing more than a month due to his sore left toe, league sources tell Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

EDGE Analysis

Love is scheduled to meet with doctors early this week for further examination on his toe, but with the injury presenting intense pain for the big man, it's expected that he'll require extended time off to rest and recover. The 30-year-old's expected absence is another major blow to the 0-6 Cavaliers, who fired coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday and may be forced to abandon hope of making the playoffs. Without Love in the fold for the next few weeks, the Cavaliers will likely lean more heavily on Sam Dekker and Larry Nance at power forward. Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson seem to be two of the likelier candidates to benefit from increased usage with Love out of the lineup.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 months ago

Cleveland is considering a "longer-term" period of rest for Love as he continues to deal with persistent foot soreness, Mark Stein of The New York Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

A firm timetable on Love's return is not expected before Tuesday but among all the options that Cleveland has, the team is considering giving Love a longer period of rest as he continues to have persistent foot soreness. It's not exactly known when the former UCLA Bruin started experiencing soreness in his foot, but due to the injury, Love has missed the last two games.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 months ago

Love (foot) is out Saturday against the Pacers, Spencer Davies of BasketballInsiders.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Love will miss a second consecutive game Saturday as he continues to recover from a foot injury. Channing Frye drew the start for him Thursday, but Sam Dekker will start Saturday's game. Love's next chance to play arrives Tuesday against the Hawks.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 months ago

Love (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Pacers, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

EDGE Analysis

Love sat out Thursday's loss to the Pistons due to the injury, and is now looking like a game-time decision Saturday. Although Channing Frye replaced Love in the starting lineup, and would presumably do so again, the prime beneficiary of his potential absence would be Larry Nance. Check back in closer to tip-off, as the team is unlikely to announce the big man's status until he works out pregame.

OUTKevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 months ago1 Comment

Love is out for Thursday's game against the Pistons due to foot soreness.

EDGE Analysis

Love presumably picked up the injury during Wednesday's game against Brooklyn where he posted 14 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and a block in 29 minutes. The seriousness of the injury is unclear. In his stead, Sam Dekker and Larry Nance could see extra time. If coach Tyronn Lue opts to go small, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and David Nwaba could see expanded roles.