Kevin Love missed the fourth quarter of Game 4 in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Toronto Raptors and according to NBA rumors, he could be hurting or still injured in time for the next game on Wednesday’s Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.
Love was seen holding his left leg near the end of the third quarter and Cavaliers head coach Tyron Lue decided not to bring him back in and put back-up forward Channing Frye to finish the game for Cleveland. Lue’s decision not to bring back Love in the game has started NBA rumors that the power forward is not healthy again for the rest of the postseason.
The Raptors played well to get the close 105-99 win and tied the series with 2 wins each with Game 5 scheduled in Cleveland. Love finished the game with 10 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists with two 3-pointers in 31 minutes on the floor.
Compared to the first two series, against the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks, both of which ended up with sweep wins for Cleveland, Love has not been playing well in the series versus the Raptors. Love is averaging 11.5 points on 35.9% field goal shooting this series after averaging 19.0 and 18.8 points per game vs. the Hawks and Pistons, respectively.
Cavaliers team doctors have yet to announce the extent of Kevin Love’s injury and more news is expected to be known before Wednesday’s Game 5.
Kevin Love, who also struggled with injuries in last season’s NBA Playoffs, is now being linked to NBA rumors that he’s not at 100% again in these playoffs as shown in the Cavaliers recent game against the Raptors. Love is a good role player but if he’s limited physically, other Cavs big men like Channing Frye and Tristan Thompson might have better value over him in the series against the Raptors.