Cavs’ Love in pain, hopes to avoid surgery on toe
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love disclosed Tuesday that he is hoping to be out only "two or three weeks" after suffering a big toe injury on his left foot that has caused "significant" pain since early October.
Wearing a walking boot for the last two days, Love spoke to reporters for the first time after getting shut down ahead of Tuesday's matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, as the 0-6 Cavs were seeking to get in the win column. It's the third game in a row that Love hasn't played.
"The only way I'm going to be best for this team is to be healthy, and I haven't been the last month," Love said. "It's disheartening. I want to be out there."
Although he hasn't ruled out surgery after receiving an MRI and consulting with Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Love is hoping to avoid that option.
"I haven't heard anything like (surgery)," said Love, who initially injured the toe in the Oct. 2 preseason opener against the Boston Celtics. "I don't know that for a fact."
He has been told by doctors that he needs to remain in the walking boot until things "calm down," then proceed from there.
"I'm not sure because the doctors are going back and forth," Love said. "I'm hoping that's the case. I would like to get back obviously as soon as possible. I had high hopes for the season, I know it's been off to a really rocky start, but the more I can be out there and help this team the better. I'm hoping to get out there as quickly as possible and hoping that it's only two or three weeks."
A five-time All-Star who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer, Love is averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds a game after four games this season.
--Field Level Media
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