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Kevin Love returns vs. Kings, Matthew Dellavedova remains out

The Cavs get Kevin Love back against the Kings.

Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers will see a key player return to the court tonight while another remains on the sideline.

Per ESPN's David McMenamin, power forward Kevin Love will make his return from a bruised left thigh. Love hurt his thigh last Friday in the third quarter during the Cavs' loss to the Boston Celtics and did not return. He subsequently missed Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Timofey Mozgov started in Love's place next to Tristan Thompson.

Matthew Dellavedova, however, will not play tonight and has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers. Dellavedova missed the Cavs' last three games with a hamstring injury and per McMenamin, coach Tyronn Lue prefers that Dellavedova sits out in order to reset his hamstring. Dellavedova, assuming he is healthy after the All-Star break, would return to the court on Feb. 18 against the Chicago Bulls.

Both moves make sense for the Cavs. Getting Love back is good and means the Cavs can go back to their normal frontcourt rotation. As for Dellavedova, there's no real need to play him now in games that won't affect the season in a meaningful way and getting his hamstring healthy isn't really possible if he plays on it before it's back to 100 percent.