LeBron James Dishes Out Stunning Between-The-Legs Assist Vs. Timberwolves

Feb 11 2017 Cleveland OH USA Cleveland Cavaliers forward Derrick Williams reacts during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavs won 125-109. Mandatory Credit Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Love, who is having his best season with Cleveland, had a "loose body" removed from his knee by orthopedic surgeon David Altchek in NY.

Love's injury obviously means increased workloads for the likes of Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye, in addition to LeBron James shouldering a heavier load. The regular season ends two weeks after his expected return, and even if Love does return on time, he may possibly not be able to play his usual amount of minutes until the postseason. The time away from the court will be used by the All-Star forward to rest and recover. Just next man up.

The Eastern Conference has absorbed a jolt over the past couple of days with two top contenders making news which should create a good opportunity for the Pacers on Wednesday night.

After being sidelined with what was thought to be a minor knee ailment, Love got a second opinion and ultimately underwent surgery to remove loose tissue in his knee. This season he is averaging 20 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.

Already, James has been logging entirely too many minutes, as documented by Tom Haberstroh - more than 38 per game since the start of December and 37.6 per game overall, tied with Kyle Lowry of the Raptors for most in the league.

"One of our key guys get hurt, this year's been probably the worst out of all years", James said. "He was an All-Star and obviously he had to fit himself into a different role". Following shootaround Tuesday morning, he mentioned that he will rest when he will retire and as long as he's suiting up, the team has a chance.

Ian Thomsen: They're going to miss him - but in his absence they'll have no choice but to develop other options on the perimeter, which will force them to address the playmaking issue that LeBron raised weeks ago.

James had 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to a 116-108 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night.

"It sucks for Kevin", James said before the game. I've always looked forward to after the break.

James quickly dismissed any concerns about his workload, saying he's carried that burden for his entire career.

"We had to get stops and we had to make shots", James said. That's about a nine-game decline from their 56-win projection with Love but without J.R. Smith.

The Cavs have been dealing with injuries all season.

The Celtics, Hawks, Rockets, Jazz, Clippers, Wizards and Spurs all take on the Cavs during the month of March, which Kevin Love will supposedly miss all of.

Williams is on a 10-day contract with Cleveland after previously playing for the Miami Heat this season.

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