A lower back injury forced
The injury occurred during the fourth quarter of the game and Love did not return. Love scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds over 31 minutes before leaving with the injury. Love has been experiencing back issues for most of the season.
Coach David Blatt said the injury occurred when Love received an elbow to his back and he doesn't think it's a serious injury, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.
With the Cavaliers not playing until Thursday against the Heat, Love said the time off will help the injury heal and he expects to play Thursday, reports Cleveland.com
It was the best shooting performance of the season for Love, who has racked up double-doubles in three of his four games since missing two games due to back issues. He also kicked in four assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes Wednesday.
The Cavaliers take a four-game winning streak into Friday's matchup with the Nets in Brooklyn.
Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday, Love gave a definitive statement, for the moment at least, on where he stands with the organization. Asked if winning an NBA title would sway his decision one way or the other, Love said he has no plans to head elsewhere.
"I plan on being a Cavalier either way," Love said.
Love and teammate LeBron James' relationship has been scrutinized at times, with the two not seeing eye to eye early at times this season. In February, James tweeted, "Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN," in reference to a quote Love gave about not trying too hard to fit in early this season.
On his Instagram page Sunday, James posted a photo of himself and a few teammates, without Love, and the caption, "Clique up!!" This led to speculation, once again, as to whether the two are getting along.
Also appearing on ESPN's Mike & Mike, Love said he and James are beginning to find common ground.
"You know, we're not best friends, we're not hanging out every day, but we see each other every day, whether at the practice facility, whether we're on the road or going to a game," Love said. "I think our relationship is also evolving."
In his first season with the Cavs, Love is averaging 16.5 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Traded to the Cavs from the Timberwolves, Love is in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent this offseason.
Love scored 10 points and brought down 11 rebounds. This is the 34th time this season that Love has recorded a double-double. He missed the previous two games to rest his ailing back.
Seven Cavaliers players scored in double figures, including Love, J.R. Smith (17), Timofey Mozgov (17) and LeBron James (16).
Love missed the Cavs' last two games due to fatigue.
Love is leading the Cavs this season with 10.1 rebounds per game and is the team's third leading scorer with 16.8 points per game.
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