Kevin Love may return tonight against Washington

Love hasn't played since October 25

James Rapien
February 08, 2019 - 12:12 pm
May 3, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) dunks the ball against the Toronto Raptors in game two of the second round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports


Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Kevin Love could play for the first time in over three months tonight against Washington. He's officially listed as "questionable," but sounded optimistic when he met with the media before shootaround. 

“I definitely want to be out there with these guys, especially during the break, and then we have those six or seven days where we have to rev it back up again try to get back out there,” Love told “I’m hoping my foot responds well, but we won’t know until later tonight." 

"It's definitely going to be a minutes restriction. It's been a few months since I've been out there playing."

Love probably won't play much, as the organization continues to take their time bringing him back into the mix. They signed the 30-year-old to a four-year, $120 million extension last July. There's no reason to rush him back considering where this team is in the standings. 

It could take time for him to took like his normal self. Love is averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest in four games this season. No one should expect that going into tonight. Love did tell reporters that he injured the third toe on his left foot, not his big toe, which was previously reported. He says he's never had an injury quite like this one. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever had this amount of time that I’ve missed consecutively, so in that way it’s a little bit different,” Love said. “Plus, when I did miss a lot of time, it was with my hand, so I was able to come back and practice quite a bit. Because we have such a young team, this team has had a bunch of nagging injuries, I haven’t really been able to blow it out, beyond five on five, four on four, three on three type situations, so it’s gonna be a little bit of finding a rhythm, a lot of getting gassed and finding my wind and having oxygen after the first timeout, whenever that may be.”

The Cavaliers and Wizards play tonight at 7 p.m.