Pistons dump Cavs, who lose Love (hand)

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love broke his left hand during the team's 125-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night and could miss significant time.

The Cavaliers are now just half a game ahead of the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference, while the John Wall-less Washington Wizards are also closing in. Love was arguably the Cavs' most enticing trade chip, and though he hasn't been directly involved in any rumors, his injury could put a chill on any deadline plans for Cleveland. In 47 games, Love is averaging approximately 18 points and 10 rebounds per game on 46 percent shooting from the field.

Beyond the bickering, the basketball hasn't been good and Love's loss will make things much tougher on the floor for coach Tyronn Lue, who has spent the season juggling lineups and rotations because of injuries and ineffectiveness.

According to SportsCenter, Love will likely be out six to eight weeks. Miami is 16-11 when playing on the road, and they have won back to back games.

In a touch of irony, James was asked at shootaround what he would consider a successful regular season for the Cavs.

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In the 239 minutes James and Thomas have shared the court over those 11 games, Cleveland has been outscored by a staggering 17.2 points per 100 possessions.

Wade missed Friday's victory over IN and Sunday's win over the Pistons. Anthony Tolliver chipped in 20 of his own, while Ish Smith added 19, making it an impressive night for all five Piston starters. Bullock's trey with five minutes left pushed the Pistons' up to 111-104. The Cavs never recovered and the Pistons stretched the margin to 120-106 with 2:49 to go and continued to pour it on. The Cavaliers are 5.5 games behind the top seeded Boston Celtics.

DETROIT - returned to the following a two-game absence spent by the side of his agent, Henry "Hank" Thomas, who died over the weekend at the age of 64. The Pistons led 89-84 going into the fourth quarter after Stanley Johnson scored nine points in the third quarter.

The Clippers have been trying to lock in both players for some time and have ramped up efforts to try and secure commitments for both before really considering trades offers they have on the table. The Pistons also had a 27-6 advantage in fast-break points. If Thomas plays, it would be his first back to back this season.

Andre Drummond dominated the Cavaliers as he posted a monster double-double of 21 points and 22 rebounds on the night. Wade (21,800) moved past Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on the NBA's career scoring list.

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