Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love was nursing a knee injury that caused him to miss one game. However, he is ready to return.
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Love Active vs. Clippers
Sunday, March 13
Love was in Cleveland's starting lineup against Los Angeles on Sunday, per Cavaliers radio broadcaster John Michael.
Love Remains Essential Piece to Cavs
Love already suffered a shoulder contusion earlier in the season, which was a minor setback after his playoffs were cut short in 2014-15. He had undergone surgery on his dislocated shoulder and missed the vast majority of the postseason, although the Cavaliers still managed to reach the NBA Finals behind LeBron James’ efforts before ultimately losing to the Golden State Warriors.
Love has received some criticism since joining the Cavaliers because he hasn’t replicated his incredible numbers from his final season with the Minnesota Timberwolves (26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in 2013-14), but he is still a double-double threat every time he steps on the floor. Thus far, he is averaging 15.8 points and 10 rebounds in 2015-16.
The former UCLA star can shoot the three-pointer when opponents focus too much attention on James, hit from the wing and score on the low block if necessary. He is also a dominant rebounder, which helps make up for some of the question marks surrounding his defensive ability.
Despite the criticism surrounding Love in Cleveland, he remains vital to the Cavaliers as they head into the postseason.