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Kevin Love eyes March 23 return

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The Cavs All-Star plans to return to the lineup next week.

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Help is on the way for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team has been without the services of Kevin Love since the end of January, but it appears like the All-Star's return is just around the corner.

According to Cleveland.com, Love anticipates returning to action at some point next week:

Love, who broke a bone in his left hand on Jan. 30, told cleveland.com he was hopeful to play against Phoenix at The Q on March 23. The Cavs play the East-leading Raptors on March 21 and are in Brooklyn March 25.

Love was hesitant on a precise target date -- as the Cavs play every other day, which limits practice opportunities -- but he’s looking at next week.Love, who broke a bone in his left hand on Jan. 30, told cleveland.com he was hopeful to play against Phoenix at The Q on March 23. The Cavs play the East-leading Raptors on March 21 and are in Brooklyn March 25.

Love was hesitant on a precise target date -- as the Cavs play every other day, which limits practice opportunities -- but he’s looking at next week.

It is unfortunate that Love won’t be in the lineup when the Cavs take on Toronto. Even if he wasn’t in game-shape, it still would be helpful as a measuring stick game.

Getting Love back should be huge for this team. Not only will it provide LeBron James with the number two option he needs, but it’ll help slide everybody else into roles more inline with their skill-sets.

The team has little time to figure things out with the playoffs only a month away. The sooner they can get all their missing parts back into the rotation, the better.