Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is questionable for Saturday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. Love missed the Cavs’ win against the Phoenix Suns on Thursday due to back spasms and has been dealing with a bad back for a few weeks.
Love did go through shootaround per Tom Withers of the Associated Press, which may make it more likely that he plays:
No sign of Kevin Love at #Cavs shootaround. Missed Thursday with back spasms.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 21, 2017
#Cavs said Love went through shootaround, questionable for tonight.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 21, 2017
For the Cavs, Love’s return would obviously be welcome. He’s been having an All-Star level season to date and his absence leaves them thinner up front than they’d like. But with the season at its halfway point - the Cavs have played exactly 41 games - we may be at the point of the season where Cleveland takes a more cautious approach with their stars. As a result, don’t be shocked if Love doesn’t return until he’s 100 percent or if LeBron James starts resting more in the next few weeks. Ditto for Kyrie Irving, who recently missed a few games with a hamstring issue.
To date, Love is averaging 20.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.2 percent from the field. Both his point and rebounding averages would be best as a Cavalier.
The Cavs and Spurs tipoff at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.