DETROIT– Kevin Love will not return to Tuesday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons after breaking a bone in his left hand during the first quarter.
Love was removed from the game with 7:19 remaining in the first frame, and received X-rays at the arena.
According to a release from the Cavaliers, he suffered a non-displaced fracture in the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. His status will be updated again once he undergoes additional examination and consultation in Cleveland tomorrow.
This is the second straight year that Love’s participation in the NBA All-Star Game is being threatened. Last year he was selected for the first time as a Cavalier, but could not participate after undergoing a left knee scope. He was also selected for the 2018 All-Star game, and drafted to be on LeBron James’ team under the new format. He was also expected to participate in the 3-point contest.
While there is no timeline yet for Love’s return, with the All-Star Game in two and a half weeks, his participation is not likely.