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Kevin Love (back) out for Cavs vs. Pistons

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The Cleveland Cavaliers will not have the services of All-Star power forward Kevin Love when they host the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Love is dealing with a sore back. Cavs head coach Larry Drew said Love took a very tough fall this past Saturday against the Dallas Mavericks.

The Cavs are 17-53 on the season and own the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference.

Kevin Love has played in 16 games this season. The five-time All-Star is averaging 18.3 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest while shooting 38.5 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from beyond the arc and 90.2 percent from the free-throw line.

In a rebuild year,  there’s no point for Cleveland to play Love if he isn’t 100 percent. The 30-year-old has missed majority of the season due to the toe surgery he had to undergo at the beginning of the season.

The Cavs are currently on a three-game losing streak. The second post-LeBron James era has been brutal just like everyone expected. The good news is that rookie point guard Collin Sexton and second-year small forward Cedi Osman have made jumps in their games. The development of those two youngsters, along with power forward Larry Nance Jr. is very important for the organization.

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