Kevin Love Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Leg and Return

Timothy RappFeatured Columnist

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 23:  Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on April 23, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Kevin Love suffered a thigh bruise on Feb. 5 against the Boston Celtics, but he is ready to return to action.

Continue for updates.


Love to Play vs. Kings

Monday, Feb. 8

Head coach Tyronn Lue told reporters that Love will play against Sacramento.


Love Can't Shake Injury Bug During Cavs Tenure

Love can't catch a break on the injury front. He missed the majority of the Cavaliers' postseason run in the 2014-15 season after suffering a dislocated left shoulder in Game 4 of the team's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal sweep against the Celtics.

In general, the 2014-15 season was a trying one for Love. After averaging 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in 2013-14 with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Love saw his numbers dip to 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as he shared the spotlight with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Clearly, those trials weren't enough to prevent him from signing a five-year, $110 million contract extension with the team in the offseason.

Regardless of his struggles last year, it's clear Love is a vital part of this Cavaliers team, and his latest injury is a major concern.

His ability to not only crash the boards but also stretch opposing defenses by forcing a team's big man to defend him on the perimeter was vital for Cleveland last season and was a missing piece in the team's NBA Finals loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Like Chris Bosh before him, Love has had to take on more of a complementary role to James than he's accustomed to, but his ability to fulfill that role makes Cleveland all the more dangerous.

 

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