Cavaliers host Heat without Love with 3rd seed up for grabs

Cavaliers host Heat without Love with 3rd seed up for grabs

Cavaliers host Heat without Love with 3rd seed up for grabs

He scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 124-115 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at Little Caesars Arena.

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost Kevin Love to a potentially season-altering hand injury after exiting in the first quarter during Tuesday night's loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Love went to the locker room and had an X-ray, which showed the fracture, per ESPN's Dave McMenamin. Their system, conditioning and great coaching just catches up with teams. Obviously understanding for the past year he's been getting sicker and sicker. "It's tough to lose an All-Star like Kevin, especially the way we've been going", Lue said. They may have to make a significant move to replace Love.

Detroit gave up three players to get Griffin, and neither he nor the other two players the Pistons received in return were available against Cleveland. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.4 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 101.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Reggie Bullock supplied 22 points, Anthony Tolliver had 20 and Ish Smith added 19 points and seven assists for the Pistons. "It doesn't matter how". Will the Cavs be able to reverse course before the All-Star Game, or will they limp into that break and look to turn things around down the stretch?

With rumors of misunderstandings between Love and Thomas filling the sports headlines, both of these players' every move (even when the game clock is ticking) are easily interpreted to be related to these speculations. Two consecutive 3-pointers by Korver cut the Pistons' lead to 103-101 with 6:55 to play. Jae Crowder, who replaced Love in the Cavs' starting lineup to begin the second half Tuesday night, is shooting just 32.4 percent from three-point range and doesn't have almost the post presence that Love has, drawing defenses away from James.

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"Right now, I'm not confident like I usually am", Thomas said about his continuing struggles to get back to his past All-Star level. Wayne Ellington has been one of the league's best shooters.

National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver filled injured John Wall's All-Star roster spot with Detroit center Andre Drummond.

Thomas, playing in his 11th game this season, scored 19 points but shot 3-of-10 in 33 minutes and committed five turnovers.

The Pistons are hopeful Griffin and Drummond will develop good chemistry together, the way Griffin did with DeAndre Jordan while with the Clippers. However, he drew criticism from teammates recently when he left a game with an illness and missed practice the next day.

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