DETROIT -- A loss to short-handed Detroit was hardly the biggest concern for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Cleveland's recent rough stretch went from bad to worse Tuesday night when Kevin Love exited with a broken left hand in a 125-114 loss to the Pistons. The Cavaliers said he had a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal and his status would be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland.
"It's just unfortunate for our team," James said. "Obviously with everything (that's) been going on as of late with our ballclub, just trying to figure out how we're going to play every night, different lineups, and getting everybody into the flow, we don't need to have Kev go out like that. He's going to be out for quite a while - maybe two months - so it's just tough."
The Cavs have lost 11 of 16, and the injury will likely affect the defending Eastern Conference champions' plans as the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaches. They may have to make a significant move to replace Love.
"When it rains, it pours," coach Tyronn Lue said.
Love played only 4:41 and went scoreless.
Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely start off this week's episode talking about the return of Marcus Smart following the All-Star break, and how much the team missed him in their recent skid. Will head coach Brad Stevens make a lineup change, and with more practice time under his belt, will Greg Monroe see his minutes increase?
(9:50) Sherrod talks about his article on NBCSportsBoston.com this week on Kyrie Irving needing to have a 'special' finish to his first season with the Celtics.
(14:15) Would the rumored changes to the NBA Playoff format would be good or bad?
(16:45) Kyle and Sherrod (plus producer Jason Levine joining the fray) have a great debate on the latest tidbit of trade rumblings surrounding New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. Is the door finally open for the Celtics to swoop in?
(30:40) The guys also talk about the latest news with Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs....could he become available this offseason?
(33:10) Finally, Kyle sits down with Brad Stevens to talk about his trip to Red Sox Spring Training during the break, plus the terrible end to his own baseball career.
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Kyrie Irving opened up - a little bit - in an ESPN interview with Rachel Nichols in which he reflected on his move to Boston and his upcoming movie, "Uncle Drew".
Irving was asked how he would assess the changes in his career since leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers after requesting a trade this summer that led to the deal with the Celtics.
"Been a lot of newness, honestly," Irving said. "It's an adjustment in itself. Being with a totally different group of guys, trying to bridge that gap with our group and trying to be my best self with our group. It's been awesome. Trying at times, but well worth it."
With the Celtics in the thick of the race for the best record in the Eastern Conference, Irving said he's pleased with how it has worked out.
"It was a big chance," Irving said, then jokingly added, "Babe Ruth said it, he swings big, may not miss big, may hit a home run, who knows?
"I'm glad I took a chance on what I wanted to do within my career."
The conversation quickly shifted to Irving's feature-length acting debut in the movie "Uncle Drew" which comes to theaters this summer. Irving said he's always had an interest in acting and has had his teammates poke fun at him when he listed his favorite music as songs from the musical "Rent".
Still, the ultimate goal is raising another championship banner in Boston and raising the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
"It's something I think about every day," Irving said. "I think about it every day."