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CLEVELAND — A thumb injury suffered by forward Kevin Love in the Cavaliers’ Game 2 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday is apparently worse than initially thought, though not enough to keep Love off the court.
According to ESPN, Love suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb late in the fourth quarter of the Cavs’ 100-97 victory, which tied the first-round series at 1-1.
Love was injured when he deflected a pass, the ball bending back his thumb with 3:43 remaining left in the game. He did not return.
‘I saw a replay and it didn’t look good,” Love said. “It hurt pretty bad. I told (Cavs coach Tyronn Lue) afterward that I could have gone back in. But I think he liked the flow out there.”
X-rays taken after the game came back negative, and Love is expected to play Friday at Indiana.
During the press conference immediately after the game, Lue said Love was “fine” and “just jammed” the thumb. “He’ll be ready to go” for Game 3,” Lue said.
Love finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. He indicated he also believes he’ll be ready after a day of rest.
“It’s not going to feel great tomorrow,” he said. “But throw some ice on it, tape it up and be ready to go.”