Kevin Love is back, but the zero he wears on his back isn't a cape, it's a symbol for how many wins the Cavs have in the pre-season.
Really though. Love returned to the court tonight, and it was wonderful. He only played 12 minutes, with the plan being to extend that time tomorrow night at home against Dallas. In those 12 minutes he was pretty aggressive looking for shots near the hoop finishing 2-7 after making his first two. He also had 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. The assists were both beautiful behind the back leaves, one of which came off a steal and found an open Mo Williams for three.
Other than that, there really isn't much to discuss here. The Cavs sat LeBron James and Richard Jefferson. Timofey Mozgov, James Jones, and J.R. Smith - who rolled his ankle in the first half - looked like their normal selves. Jared Cunningham looks locked in to that 14th spot, while no other training camp invitee really got a look. We're looking for where Love's shots come from, but without LeBron and Kyrie Irving playing, it's really tough to gauge any changes.
Austin Daye was a DNP, which I guess could be meaningful. His odds of making the roster were always slim though. Newcomer Jack Cooley played six minutes. One assumes he is just here for a workout body.
The Cavs were led by 13 points from Williams and 12 each from Matthew Dellavedova and Anderson Varejao. The Raptors were led by 12 from Jonas Valanciunas. Kyle Lowry, DeMar Derozan, and DeMarre Caroll combined to shoot 7 of 33. Neither team shot over 40 percent from the field or 30 percent from three. It wasn't great.
The Cavs host the Mavericks tomorrow at the Q. Love should play, LeBron will not. We'll see you then.