Kevin Love returns for Cavaliers after missing 13 games with knee surgery


Cavs coach Tyronn Lue indicated Love will be on a minutes restriction, but did not specify how many minutes. The team is saying that Kyrie and Shumpert's injuries are minor and not something to be anxious about, but it's always concerning when players keep missing time.

Now, the obvious downside here is the sheer quantity of "ifs" in this equation: if Sanders can play at a National Basketball Association level again, if his off-field issues don't return, if the Cavaliers can fit him into their system by the time the playoffs start, and so on and so on.

The Jazz, who fell to 43-26, didn't blame this setback on their inability to stop James, though. J.R. Smith also had some positive moments in the fourth quarter, hitting a three pointer with just over a minute left to give the Cavs a six point lead.

Love had eight points in the first quarter.

Love injured his knee, and it required surgery which sidelined him less than the original six weeks. "It was either going to be this weekend or tonight".

"I feel good", Love said after Wednesday's practice.

Shumpert had a dislocated left shoulder when the Cavaliers acquired him from the New York Knicks in 2015.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally settled in to buckle down for the final stretch of the season. Hayward missed 10 of 14 shots and scored only 14 points, while Hill finished with nine points on 3-of-10 shooting. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles each scored 12.

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The game was tied going into the fourth quarter when LeBron James put the team on his back. "I don't want to overreact, but I felt that this was a game where if we continued to execute on some of the things we have been doing, we might have been able to pull one out".

Jazz: F Derrick Favors (bruised left knee) and G Shelvin Mack (sprained left ankle) remain out. Gobert extended his streak of blocked shots in consecutive games to 37, a league high.

Utah has two games left on this current road trip, at Chicago on Saturday and at IN on Monday.

Small forward Kyle Korver remains out with a sore foot. Thursday was the 47th time in 61 games that he's played at least 35 minutes.

In some ways I feel as if I might have jinxed the Jazz All-Star after the high praise I gave him yesterday, particularly noticing how insane effective he's been on the second nights of back-to-backs prior to last night's bout, but let's not get into that.

Cleveland lost Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert in the third quarter against Utah. However, another round of injuries remains an issue as the Cavaliers open a four-game road trip with back-to-back games at Staples Center.



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