The loss of their second best player only deepens the Cavaliers' woes, and it will be interesting to see how they deal with it. Jae Crowder will likely move back into the starting lineup at the four, playing alongside Tristan Thompson in a lineup which is looking less threatening by the day. We've got three new guys coming in, so it's something to really look forward to.
There's another wrinkle to Love's injury. On the season, he's averaging 17.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.
"I didn't call him out", Isaiah Thomas said.
That undoubtedly sounds hyperbolic.
At least on Tuesday, the Pistons' questions were laced with far more optimism than those being posed in Cleveland.
The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly held a meeting immediately after Love did not finish their January 20 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder where they lost, 124-148. The Cavaliers rank 26th in offensive rebounding percentage (19.9 percent), while Miami ranks fourth in defensive rebounding percentage (79.6 percent).
LeBron James led the Cavs with 21 points, while Channing Frye supplied 20 off the bench. Furthermore, the Heat, who rank 25th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.172), will battle against the Cavaliers, who rank first in opponents' FTA rate (0.160). If Thomas plays, it would be his first back to back this season. He shared a lengthy tribute to Thomas on his Instagram on Sunday. Should the latter be the case, Love would return with two weeks left in the regular season. Which, life isn't fair, but that's not fair, bro. "That's the ultimate goal".
As if things were not already going poorly for the Cavaliers- right? This is bad for the Cavs for a couple of reasons. The Pistons outscored them 20-5 to start the third quarter and never trailed after that. "If we can do that, we'll put ourselves in a position to be ready for the postseason". "I'm putting no pressure on myself at all to be that player that I used to be".
Miami are a odd combination of solid players, all of whom seem to be clicking in the past few weeks.
"The All-Star Game confuses me", Whiteside said.
The annual Basketball Insider Trade Deadline Dairy will drop next Tuesday night. But to achieve his remarkable performance, he had to play 46 minutes in a 114-107 victory at home over the hapless Orlando Magic.
That means Thomas - who is all of 11 games back from a major hip injury - will need to snap back to Celtics form quickly.
Love was also sidelined for 16 games last season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on February 14.
One potential bright spot: Wall's injury will provide an opportunity for Otto Porter to show he can take on a larger role, specifically on offense.
The Bucks, Washington Wizards (27-22) and Indiana Pacers (28-23) are all eight games behind Boston.
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