Cavs Notes: Love out, Sexton's streak and a lottery update

Kevin Love won't play against Detroit on Monday night

James Rapien
March 18, 2019 - 11:37 am
Mar 16, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton (2) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Independence, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers have been plagued by injuries all season and that could continue tonight at The Q. Kevin Love has been ruled out with a lower back contusion. 

Love suffered the injury during Saturday night's loss to Dallas. The Cavs play the Pistons, who are battling for playoff position. Detroit is resting Blake Griffin, who's averaging 24.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists-per-game this season.

Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Matthew Dellavedova are also out for the Cavaliers. Channing Frye will get more minutes than he's accustomed to due to the injuries.

"It's a tough situation playing and not playing, playing and not playing, but what else am I going to do? I only have 13 left," Frye said after Monday's shootaround. "I like basketball guys. I like playing.

"It's my job. I like hooping."

He was all smiles during his chat with the media. Frye has a future in broadcasting if he wants it, but he's clearly soaking in every moment he can, with just 13 games left in the season. The 35-year-old is going to retire at the end of the season.

Young Bull's Streak – Collin Sexton has scored at least 23 points in five-straight games. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving weren't able to reach the 20-point mark in five consecutive games during their rookie seasons. Sexton's averaging 15.9 points, three rebounds and 2.9 assists-per-game this season. He's shooting 51.5 percent from three-point range in the last five games. His recent hot streak has him in third on the NBA's Rookie Ladder behind Trae Young and Luka Doncic. 

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert praised Sexton on Twitter:

Some have been critical of Sexton's lack of assists. Others criticize him for having a scorer's mentality. 

"There's nothing wrong with that," Frye said when asked if Sexton was a 'score-first' guard. "There's only three or four pass-first guards in this league. I think what he needs to do is understand he's going to get around 20 shots a game, so listen, you don't need to get all 20 in the first quarter young fella. Get your teammates involved and it's going to make your job easier.

"If he's guarded one-on-one he's pretty dang good. It's just learning and evolving."

Lottery Update – The Cavaliers have lost five of their last six games. They enter tonight's game against Detroit with a 17-53 record, which is the third-worst in the NBA. If they stay there, then they'll have a 14 percent chance at securing the top pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. 

The Knicks (14-56) have the worst record, even after beating LeBron James' Lakers on Sunday. The Suns (17-54) are slightly behind the Cavaliers. Chicago has the fourth-worst record at 19-52 and enter Monday with a 1.5 game lead over Cleveland. 

As long as the Cavaliers end up with a bottom three record, they'll have as good of a shot as anyone – 14 percent – of securing the top overall pick in the draft lottery.