Former UCLA forward Kevin Love out 6-8 weeks

Meanwhile, in the 1,574 minutes the Cavaliers have had James on the court without Thomas, Cleveland has outscored its opponents by two points per 100 possessions.

Johnson may be one of the pieces the team could seek to move for more veteran help, though after Tuesday's performance, the Pistons may think twice about sending him-and the potential that was on full display against the Cavs-packing before the trade deadline. "He was very, very aggressive". I've tried to remember the good times.

"I don't have anything I used to have right now and I know I will at one point, but it's just a process that I gotta really be patient with myself", Thomas said Tuesday.

Despite the continued struggles of the Cleveland Cavaliers, many fans and analysts believe LeBron James and Co. will eventually reach the NBA Finals anyway. The Pistons also receive center Willie Reed and forward Brice Johnson in the deal with the Clippers.

Their entire starting lineup excelled.

Averaging 18.2 points and 9.6 rebounds entering the night, Love earned his fifth All-Star selection last week.

But Ish Smith made two quick shots and Reggie Bullock a 3-pointer, and all the Cavs could manage was a 3-pointer by Crowder. He hits 43% of his 3-point attempts, and also dishes out 5.4 assists a night.

Given that timetable, Love will look to return in early March.

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"At the end of the day, we hope for a speedy recovery for Kev and he can get back on the floor as soon as he can".

Van Gundy was asked if Johnson will continue to play a prominent role once Griffin is integrated into the offense.

"When it rains it pours". "If you gave me more opportunity I would do this".

"Of course, anybody wants more opportunity, and with more opportunity you have to produce, but you have to be efficient in what you do". And Griffin won't do any helping out of the lineup tonight.

Van Gundy said this win was "pretty high on the relief list". Considering Harris and Bradley were traded just over 24 hours ago, this couldn't have come at a better time.

Thomas never has been known as a defensive force, so it isn't surprising that Cleveland is in even worse shape with him on the court than on the bench.

As Thomas himself said, the goal for Cleveland is to be playing at its best in June, not January. "It's going to be a tough task but we can handle it". What do we have to do to get him in there. In 2012-13 with the Minnesota Timberwolves he missed 62 games after fracturing the third and fourth metacarpals in his right hand and later re-fracturing the third.

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