Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love injured his left hand during the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.
Love underwent X-ray on his injured had hand after playing five minutes, but hadn’t attempted a single shot before exiting the game. The all-star hadn’t previously attempted a 1st-quarter field goal in 427 consecutive games prior to Tuesday, dating back to Feb. 14, 2011.
Cleveland announced that Love’s injury was diagnosed as a fracture, according to ESPN‘s Dave McMenamin.
The forward grabbed his hand after colliding with Detroit’s Andre Drummond under the basket and exited the game with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The injury occurred on the same hand that underwent surgery in October 2009, which included inserting in three screws.
Love is expected to miss next month’s All-Star Game for the second consecutive year. Last season, he underwent minor knee surgery on Feb. 14, with the event taking place five days later.