Cavs’ Kevin Love OK to play in Game 5 despite injury in loss to Raptors
Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was injured late in the third quarter of Monday’s Game 4 loss to the Raptors, but he said the injury would not prevent him from playing in Game 5 on Wednesday.
“I’ll be fine,” Love said after the game, according to USA Today. “Probably sore tomorrow. Just got to play. Nothing that will prevent me from playing.”
Love appeared to step on a referee’s foot and fell to the ground. He sat out of the fourth quarter, which coach Tyronn Lue said was not a result of his apparent injury but instead was an opportunity to give forward Channing Frye more playing time.
“I’m not sure of his health. But it’s no concern,” Lue said. “I thought Channing came in and gave us a great lift. And like I said, like last game, to just try to put Kevin back in with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a hostile game, hostile environment, it's not fair to him.”
Love also sat out of the fourth quarter of Game 3 after missing eight of nine shots in 29 minutes of play. In Game 4, Love’s performance improved only marginally, as he made 4 of 14 shots for 10 points. Over Games 3 and 4, Frye scored 23 points in 42 minutes on the court.
The Cavaliers will host the Raptors for Game 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday.