Cavs F Kevin Love to miss several games due to health protocols
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will miss “several games” while he is in league health and safety protocols.
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As the Cleveland Cavaliers return to the East Coast after a four-game road trip down the West, it looks like they’ll be without Kevin Love. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the veteran center forward is expected to miss “several games” while under NBA health and safety protocols.
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The Cavs have confirmed that Love will miss Monday night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets while they are in health and safety protocols and said they will provide an update on the five-time All-Star status to the ‘to come up.
As indicated by NBA health and safety protocols, a vaccinated player who is identified as close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 must undergo testing for seven consecutive days, but is not required to self-quarantine. Unvaccinated players identified as close contacts through contact tracing are required to self-quarantine, in addition to testing.
Now in his eighth season in Cleveland, Love, 33, has moved on to a bench position following the selection of USC center forward Evan Mobley with the No.3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Seven games off the bench this season, Love averaged 9.9 points on 35.5 percent shots (20.8 percent on three points) and 7.3 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game.
If he was out next week, Love would miss four games, including games against Charlotte, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks. The Cavs enter Monday night’s road game against the Hornets 3-4 after suffering back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns.