Love (rest) tallied 21 points (6-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-7 FT) and 15 rebounds over 26 minutes in Sunday's 125-120 win over the Lakers. In only his second game back from his extended layoff due to a knee injury, Love played notably fewer minutes than his other two Big Three compatriots but still managed to exploit the best matchup in the NBA for power forwards. The effort marked Love's first double-double since Feb. 9, his next-to-last game before his prolonged absence. Having played 20 and 26 minutes in his first two games, Love could well be ready for a 30-minute workload at a minimum in the Cavs' next contest, which comes against the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Love (rest) will be available for Sunday's tilt against the Lakers, Cavaliers play-by-play voice Fred McLeod reports. Coach Tyronn Lue opted to sit Love, who is still recovering from knee surgery, on the first game of a back-to-back set in Los Angeles. He'll play Sunday though, and there's no reason to believe he won't join the starting five, likely bumping Channing Frye back to the bench.
Love will be absent for Saturday's game against the Clippers for rest purposes, Joe Gabriele of Cavs.com reports. Coach Tyronn Lue is opting to rest Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving on the first half of a back-to-back set. Channing Frye will draw the start in Love's place, and all remaining available members of the Cavaliers should see significantly extra run.
Love (knee) started at power forward and scored 10 points (5-9 FG, 0-3 3Pt) while adding nine rebounds in 20 minutes during Thursday's 91-83 win over the Jazz. Love had missed 13 games before Thursday due to a knee surgery. He returned after just over a month, which was slightly quicker that the initial estimates anticipated. He played limited minutes, but used them effectively, nearly getting double-double and making five of six shots from inside the arc. He should be immediately added in any leagues where he was dropped, though he will be a somewhat risky play until all of his restrictions are lifted.
Love (knee) will return to the starting lineup Thursday against the Jazz, Cleveland.com reports. After taking part in a light practice Wednesday, Love has been given the green light to return to game action just four weeks and two days after undergoing surgery on his left knee to remove "loose bodies." The All-Star was expected to remain out for roughly six weeks, but he missed only 13 games and will now have an opportunity to reassert himself within the Cavaliers' offense before the postseason. Coach Tyronn Lue indicated that Love would face an unspecified minutes restriction Thursday, and the Cavs may opt to initially hold him out of one half of back-to-back sets. As a result, Love is somewhat of a risky play in daily contests until he proves he's back to 100 percent.
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