Cavs notes: Nance's injury, Love's minutes and a tough schedule

The Cavs have been decimated by injuries this season

James Rapien
March 10, 2019 - 1:31 pm
Feb 9, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) dunks against the Indiana Pacers during the third quarter at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Independence, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The injury bug continues to bite the Cavaliers. Larry Nance Jr. didn't practice on Sunday due to a chest contusion he suffered in Friday's 126-110 loss to Miami. He's considered day-to-day and isn't expected to play on Monday night against Toronto.

"I've allowed myself to wonder about a healthy team," head coach Larry Drew admitted on Sunday. "And having a good stretch where I could take every guy and really implement something – having a healthy team. Having to piece things together makes it a little bit tough.

"It seems like you get a guy who's been out – you get him back and then another guy goes out."

Kevin Love has missed 53 games this season. Tristan Thompson has missed 21-straight games due to a left foot injury. He didn't practice either, which means he won't play in Monday's game against Toronto. He's missed 31 games overall. Nance missed eight games in January with a knee injury. 

Love's minutes continue to rise, but the Cavaliers will continue to keep an eye on him. He played 31 minutes in each of the last two games, which was the most he's played since returning. 

Tough Finish – The Cavaliers have a difficult schedule over the final few weeks of the season. They have 16 games left and 14 of them are against playoff teams or teams that are battling to get in. 

They play Toronto on Monday, before going on the road to play Philadelphia, Orlando and Dallas. Some are worried the Cavaliers are going to jump Chicago in the standings and hurt their chances at securing the top overall pick in the NBA Draft. It's hard to envision that happening based on who Cleveland has to play between now and the end of their season. 

The Bulls have a 2.5 game lead over the Cavs going into Sunday's games.

Lovin LeBron – Love text LeBron James to congratulate him for passing Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list. 

"I honestly didn't think he was going to get back to me because I could only imagine after passing M.J. and how much that meant to him and his team that I probably wouldn't see anything back," Love said. "He responded right back after the game. That was a huge moment for him and a huge moment for the NBA too.

"It seemed like when we were here every few weeks he was breaking some sort of record, but that ne is particularly special when you consider the company that he's in."

Delly's Down – Matthew Dellavedova didn't practice on Sunday as he continues to deal with a concussion. He's expected to miss Monday's game against the Raptors, which means Brandon Knight should see more minutes. Knight finished 6-of-11 from the field with 15 points on Friday against Miami.