Kevin Love is back.
According to coach David Blatt, Love will return to the court this Sunday when the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Toronto Raptors.
#Cavs Kevin Love will play Sunday at Toronto, David Blatt said.— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) October 16, 2015
Love said a few weeks ago that his shoulder was "feeling great" and was on pace to play in the season opener against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27. Nothing was made official by either the Cavs or Love on whether he would play in the preseason, so this news is promising for both Love's health and his status for opening night.
This will be the first time that Love has played since his shoulder was dislocated by Boston Celtics' forward Kelly Olynyk in the first round of last year's playoffs. Love, who is fresh off signing a five-year, $110 million contract this offseason, averaged 16.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in his first year in Cleveland.
With the amount of injuries that the Cavs are facing right now, getting Love back is positive sign for a team that hasn't had many in the first few weeks of the preseason. Now that he'll be playing in at least one preseason game, he can knock off some of the rust he's accumulated over the summer and be fully ready for the season.