Cleveland Cavaliers star power forward Kevin Love is back on the sidelines once again. Love aggravated an existing calf injury in a 118-94 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday and will be out for three to four weeks while recovering.
The Cavaliers confirmed the news after Love underwent an MRI test on Tuesday. According to the team’s statement, he will begin the rehab process immediately, and his status will be updated once he is ready to return to action.
Love initially got injured during the preseason, causing him to miss the Cavs’ season opener against the Charlotte Hornets. The 32-year-old veteran made his return in the team’s second game, putting up 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists against the Detroit Pistons.
Losing an important player like Love is a tough blow to the Cavs, especially after a promising start to the season. Cleveland achieved a 3-0 start, hinting at a possible turnaround for a franchise that finished at the bottom of the East in the past two seasons.
With Love out, the Cavs will most likely turn to Larry Nance Jr. as the starter at the power forward position. Nance played some great all-around basketball since the new season started, averaging 8.7 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2.3 steals per game.