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

19 March, 2017, 00:18 | Author: Douglas Reid
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The Cavs missed his 20 points a game, sure. He was selected to the All-Star Game this season for the first time since coming to Cleveland in 2014.

There was some good news for the Cavaliers, though, as before the game it was announced that Kevin Love would return to the team and would be starting in this game.

As Cleveland makes a run for a second consecutive National Basketball Association championship, the Cavaliers have stocked up on former Jazz players in the last few months. Iman Shumpert was also out after hurting his shoulder earlier in the game. The Cavaliers were able to come away with a big win against perhaps the most underrated team in the league.

Jazz fans have known this truth for quite some time now, especially of late as Utah has been playing quite well, but as LeBron mentioned, given Utah's small market status and overall lack of recognition on national media, many casual fans don't even realize that the Jazz are well on their way to home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Victor Oladipo added 23 points as the Thunder pulled within 3 1/2 games of the first-place Jazz in the Northwest Division. He was healthy, but Lue opted to sit him out together with Cavaliers veterans Deron Williams and James Jones.

"I'm disappointed. I just don't like how we lost", Snyder said, pointing out the absence of those two key players while also lamenting the lack of execution and mental precision. Coach Tyronn Lue indicated that Love would face an unspecified minutes restriction Thursday, and the Cavs may opt to initially hold him out of one half of back-to-back sets.

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Either way, Love is surely glad to be back. The good thing was his recovery went well, and earlier this week, he was cleared for contact, which allowed him to participate in three-on-three workouts.

More importantly, though, Love's return brings the Cavaliers as close to full strength as they've been in quite some time.

The Cavs won a matchup of division leaders as James scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter of a 91-83 downing of Utah.

Despite last night's cameo appearance, Sanders likely won't play much in the regular season.

After a back and forth three quarters, the game was knotted up at 67 heading into the fourth. As you can imagine, they didn't necessarily want to rush s guy who hasn't played an National Basketball Association game since December 2014. And at least now there's a silver lining to the defeat as it appears that even King James has begun to #TakeNote of this Jazz team. The Cavaliers then play the Los Angeles Lakers, the Denver Nuggets, and the Charlotte Hornets.

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