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Cavs' Kevin Love breaks hand, out 6-8 weeks

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Cavs' Kevin Love breaks hand, out 6-8 weeks

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.

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Celtics-Cavaliers preview: One win away from NBA Finals, C's staying level-headed

Celtics-Cavaliers preview: One win away from NBA Finals, C's staying level-headed

CLEVELAND – The mood was tempered inside the Boston Celtics locker room following Wednesday night’s Game 5 win over Cleveland.

Obviously, they were happy to be heading back to Cleveland with a 3-2 series lead and with that, a chance to punch their ticket to the NBA Finals with a victory tonight. 

“We’re right there, man, right there,” Boston’s Marcus Morris told NBC Sports Boston last night. “We gotta get one more, though.”

Morris’ words speak to the delicate balancing act that exists between embracing their success in the moment while maintaining that hunger going forward in their quest for greatness. 

This Celtics team lives in a perpetual state of sobriety when it comes to avoiding the trappings of success which for teams so young, can be quite intoxicating. 

That level-headed demeanor on many levels emanates from Al Horford who was selected to the NBA’s All-Defensive second team this week. 

“Well, first and foremost, with regard to Al and his composure and his poise and kind of a steadying influence, I think that he has a great effect on all of our guys in the locker room,” said Brad Stevens. “And I think that the deal is you can't ride the emotional roller coaster. You can't live or die with every loss or win. You just move on, and you get ready for the next one and you play it as well as you can, and I think one of the strengths of this team has been moving on.

Stevens added, “We're going to have to move on from (the Game 5) win, play better than we have to have a chance to win Game 6.”

The Cavs will come in with a similar approach having won both of the previous games in this series that were played in Cleveland. 

“Yeah, that has to be our mindset,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “Know we've played well at home, but we have to beat them. We just can't expect coming home and in front of our great fans and crowd that we're going to win the game. We've got to play well, and we understand that. I like what we've done the last three games defensively, even Game 5 in Boston. If we continue to play defense the way we've been playing, I do love our chances. I know we'll shoot the ball better and play better offensively at home.”

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics-Cavs Game 6 preview; Did the NFL get it right?

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Celtics-Cavs Game 6 preview; Did the NFL get it right?

1:24 - With the Celtics one win away from heading to the Finals, Chris Mannix joins Michael Holley and Lou Merloni to give his bold predictions and stresses the importance of a strong start.

6:20 - Albert Breer, Tom Curran and Michael Holley tackle the discussion on the NFL's new policy on the National Anthem and reveal how the decision was made by the league.

10:52 - With Dustin Pedroia returning to the Red Sox, Evan Drellich, Steve Buckley and Mike Giardi debate if the second baseman can be the key player for the team that he always has been.

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