Love's sore foot could require longer-term time off

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Kevin Love has missed the last two games for the Cleveland Cavaliers because of left foot soreness.

The five-time All-Star forward also sat out three of Cleveland's four preseason games because of the same ailment.

NBA insider Marc Stein of The New York Times reports Love's sore foot has the Cavaliers' organization concerned.

Love, 30, is averaging team-highs in points (19.0) and rebounds (13.5) for the Cavaliers, along with 3.5 assists in 34.0 minutes in the four games for which he's answered the bell.

Despite those solid numbers, the former UCLA star, acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the summer of 2014, has really struggled with his shot.

Love is shooting only 32.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent from deep, along with 81.8 percent from the free-throw line.

The 6-foot-10, 251-pound Love has been plagued by injuries the previous two seasons, playing in 60 games in the 2016-17 season and 59 last season. Previous to that, Love had played in 77, 75 and 77 games, respectively.

Cleveland, winless in its first six games, fired coach Tyronn Lue on Sunday, with associate head coach Larry Drew being named interim coach. The Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. The Hawks blew out the Cavaliers, 133-111, in Cleveland's home opener Oct. 21.

Love's status for the game has not been announced by the team.