Love injury overshadows Kobe's Cleveland farewell
CLEVELAND (The Sports Xchange) - Kevin Love departure in the final minute of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury marred the Cleveland Cavaliers' 120-111 victory over Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.
Guard Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 35 points and LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavaliers, who enter the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak and focused on the health of their power forward.
Bryant's arm seemed to catch Love's shoulder when Love was backing him down on a shot in the post.
Love yelled in pain and headed for the bench with 45 seconds left in the second quarter, then walked immediately to the locker room with the left arm dangling.
It is the same shoulder Love had surgically repaired last spring after he dislocated it in a playoff series against the Boston Celtics.
Love needed six months to recover from his last shoulder surgery, returning late in the preseason, although one source with knowledge of this injury said the team was being overly cautious and it doesn't appear to be as serious.
James and Irving have said at various points this season they wanted Love to be the focal point of the offense and coach Tyronn Lue has gone to great lengths since taking over making Love feel more comfortable in the Cavaliers' system.
Love's exit overshadowed Bryant's final appearance in Cleveland. He had 17 points and six rebounds while shooting just 5 of 16.
The Lakers fell behind by 17 early in the first quarter before rallying, although they never took the lead. The Cavaliers pushed the lead to 22 in the third and still maintained a 19-point lead entering the fourth. Continued...