For the first time this week, the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten some good injury news.
Prior to Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, coach Tyroon Lue announced that Kevin Love would play. Love had missed the previous two games with a knee injury that he sustained last Saturday against the Los Angeles Lakers. In the two games he missed, Richard Jefferson started and the Cavs played smaller than normal.
Love’s return gets the Cavs back to having three healthy bigs available as well. With Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen out for the year after tearing his ACL in practice, Lue has only had Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye to work with the last two games.
Love’s return also comes just a few days before the Cavs play the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day. Although team won’t have J.R. Smith in Sunday’s Finals rematch after the team announced Smith will miss 12-14 week after undergoing surgery to repair his injured right thumb, getting a All-Star level power forward back is the best injury the Cavs have had all week.
For the year, Love is averaging 22.3 points and 10.7 while shooting 46.8 percent from the field.