On Tuesday, the Cavaliers’ Kevin Love was added to the list of injured players, and pay per head bookmakers can see that this is coming as yet another problem for a team that’s already been hit with injury problems.
Cleveland was mostly intact for the season’s first month when it came to injuries.
But within seven days, the team lost the services of Anderson Varejao due to surgery on his Achilles, and Kyrie Irving wasn’t able to play for two meetings after his left knee suffered a bruised bone. Also, Shawn Marion had soreness in his left ankle, Love had spams in his back, and LeBron James, had soreness in his left knee. On Tuesday, each one of these players had to leave the Cavaliers’ loss of 109-101 to the Hawks.
Even though Marion and James weren’t suited up for the meeting, Love had 24 minutes that proved to not be very effective at all before he subbed out with 2:12 left in the game’s third quarter, going to the team’s locker room.
The player finished the game with 7 rebounds as well as 7 points scored on 1-for-8 shooting.
“My back didn’t feel too great before the game, but it’s just one of those things where it locked up on me,” said Love.
On Wednesday, the Cavaliers will be playing in Cleveland on what would be the second night of back-to-back action when they face Milwaukee, and the All-Star forward hopes to return to the court.
“I had one game earlier this year where it was a spasm but played through it and came back and played the next day, so I’m hoping it’s the same thing, flying back [and playing] tomorrow night,” said Love.
The player also featured in a game against Atlanta, and his right leg had a compression sleeve after Brandon Jennings, Pistons guard, kicked him when the Cavaliers were beaten on Sunday by the Pistons 103-80.
“We just all need to stop fighting this battle of attrition and all get back on the court,” said Love.
David Blatt, the team’s coach, was very happy with the efforts made by the Cavaliers with such a reduced lineup in Atlanta, even though pay per head bookmakers saw that it was the third time that Cleveland were beaten in their last four meetings.
“I really thought we came out and we competed,” said Blatt. “I really thought you saw a team that was together despite missing 50 percent of the normal rotation and I thought against a very, very good team by all accounts we had our chances to win the game, which we missed. But certainly a good effort, a team effort, a team that was together and fighting and a team that had a chance to win despite the losses that we suffered in terms of the injuries.”