Cavaliers’ Kevin Love enters NBA’s health and safety protocols, out vs. Hornets – The Athletic

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love entered the league’s health and safety protocols on Monday and is out for Cleveland’s Monday night game against Charlotte, the team announced. Love is expected to miss several games, sources told The Athletic.

Love came off the bench in Cleveland’s first seven games, averaging 9.9 points and 7.3 rebounds in 20.7 minutes per game. The 33-year-old was limited to 25 games a year ago due to injury.

Love is eighth on the team in minutes this season. Prior to the 2021-22 campaign, he had come off the bench just once in the last 11 seasons.

“It’s a huge impact,” coach J.B. Bickerstaff said about Love’s absence. “Not only Kevin as a player, but him as a person around the locker room and on the floor with the guys, helping the young guys through a lot of things that they’re seeing. He makes their job easier as a basketball player.

“When the ball is in his hands, he’s a threat, he has that gravity as an offensive player, where people hang towards him and that opens up the floor for other people. We will miss him in the locker room and on the floor.”

Cleveland dropped to 3-4 with a loss at the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

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