Kevin Love played at least three games on his injured left knee that required arthroscopic surgery this week, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue revealed before his team's 113-104 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

One of those games -- a nationally televised contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 9 on the second night of a back-to-back -- garnered extra attention, because Lue initially said he would "probably" rest Love, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving en masse before he changed course and played all three of them.

Love underwent surgery in New York on Tuesday to remove loose bodies in the knee joint. The Cavs estimate his rest and recovery period to take six weeks before Love can play again.

Lue said the Thunder game, in which Love had 15 points, 12 rebounds and three steals in 31 minutes in a 118-109 loss, did no further damage to Love's knee.

"He was already heading for surgery," Lue said. "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 told ESPN that, going into the Oklahoma City game, Love merely thought he was dealing with some soreness stemming from bumping knees with a Washington Wizards player two games prior. Cavs trainer Steve Spiro was aware of the soreness but never considered it serious enough to alert Lue. When Lue talked to Love about potentially playing against the Thunder, Love said, "I feel great," Lue recalled.