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Kevin Love sidelined due to arm contusion from final season game

Published April 14, 2024 at 2:51 PM

Miami Heat forward Kevin Love sidelined for the rest of Sunday's game against the Toronto Raptors due to an upper left arm contusion. Though the cause of the injury remains unclear, Love was visibly in discomfort on the bench. Shortly after being escorted to the locker room, the Heat declared Love out with an arm contusion. Hopefully, it's not a severe setback, and Love can make a swift return to the court before the playoffs commence. However, if his absence extends, Miami might face challenges in the postseason.

The Heat will closely monitor Love's elbow injury, as they aim to secure a win against the Raptors in their final regular-season game. While Miami has already clinched a playoff spot, this injury raises concerns, especially considering the potential implications for postseason performance.

Although Miami currently sits in a position to participate in the play-in tournament, securing a win against Toronto becomes crucial. If they manage to win and other teams ahead of them falter, Miami could leapfrog into a playoff spot, providing Love with additional time to recover from his injury and return to action.

Despite not performing at his peak, Love remains a valuable asset for the Heat, particularly with his shooting and rebounding abilities. Throughout the season, he has maintained averages of 9.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game, highlighting his significance to the team.

Since joining Miami through the buyout market in the 2022-23 season, the 35-year-old, who holds a $4 million player option for next season, has relished his tenure with the team.

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