The Cavaliers learned Tuesday that All-Star power forward Kevin Love would likely miss six weeks after undergoing knee surgery, and head coach Tyronn Lue was aware of the issue.
Not only was he aware of Love's knee pain, he knew Love's knee contained "loose bodies," yet played him against the Thunder last week anyway.
"It was already (hurt), loose bodies were already in there so he just played through it and then after it got to a certain point he got the MRI and he found out it was loose bodies floating around," Lue said Wednesday, via cleveland.com, before the Cavs' matchup against the Pacers.
Before playing Oklahoma City, Lue mentioned he would "likely" rest all three of his stars (Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Love), but all three played.
Lue noted that he did not regret suiting Love up for the game because he was "headed for surgery anyway".
Love scored 15 points with 12 rebounds in the 118-109 loss.
With Love out of the lineup, James and Irving will have to carry the load in a recently stacked Eastern Conference. Channing Frye is starting in Love's place.
James, who is tied for the NBA lead with minutes at 37.6 minutes per game, could see more rest down the stretch to ensure his legs are still fresh in the postseason.
"Guys are going to get their proper rest going forward," Lue said.
Cleveland needs James and Irving now more than ever, so it's difficult to understand how the Cavs will get their stars that "proper rest."