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

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 08:  Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on January 8, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Cavaliers star power forward Kevin Love hadn't played since leaving Jan. 29's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder because of back spasms. However, he's ready to return.

Continue for updates.

Love Active vs. Knicks

Saturday, Feb. 4

Head coach Tyronn Lue said Love will play Saturday against New York, per Cavaliers play-by-play voice Fred McLeod.

Love Test Results Revealed 

Monday, Jan. 30

The Cavs announced test results on Love's back revealed no structural damage, and the forward will continue to receive treatment, adding he is out for Wednesday's matchup against the Minnesota Timberwolves

Love Vital to Cavs' Repeat Effort

Love played 12 minutes in the first half against the Thunder, pulling in eight rebounds but shooting 0-of-4 from the field before coming out.

The 28-year-old remains a crucial player for Cleveland alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. With 20.3 points and 11.1 rebounds per game this year, the talented power forward is posting his best numbers since joining the Cavaliers in 2014.

The trio of James, Irving and Love has ensured Cleveland remains the class of the Eastern Conferenceand perhaps of the entire NBA.

Love has grown into his role in Cleveland. He had to adjust from being the man in Minnesota to often playing third fiddle behind James and Irving, going from averaging 26.1 points per game in 2013-14 to 16.4 points per contest in 2014-15 and 16.0 points per game last year.

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