Cleveland Cavaliers PF Kevin Love is expected to miss 3-4 weeks due to a lingering calf strain, the team announced Tuesday morning. Love was forced to leave Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia 76ers in the second quarter after aggravating the injury. So Love underwent an MRI to confirm the injury and now he’ll enter the rehab stage. The Cavs will provide an update as Love’s rehab progresses.
The Cavaliers are a somewhat surprising 3-0 to start the season. Two of those wins are against weak opponents and the other is against a Joel Embiid-less Sixers team. Love had played in two of those wins, averaging 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 23 minutes. With Love sidelined, we should see Larry Nance Jr. continue to start at PF alongside Andre Drummond in the front court.
If you’re looking for a replacement for Love, there are a few other options outside of Nance, who is around 51 percent owned in ESPN standard fantasy basketball leagues. Cedi Osman should see more minutes either off the bench or in the starting lineup in place of Isaac Okoro, who is also injured. Osman is averaging 15.7 points over just 22 minutes per game. He’s a good source of offense, but doesn’t offer much category coverage.