Kevin Love set to return against Wizards

Love will play for the first time since October 25

James Rapien
February 08, 2019 - 3:15 pm
Oct 17, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) drives to the net against Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) during the first half at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers got some good news on Friday after dealing with injuries all season long. Kevin Love will play tonight in Washington for the first time since October 24.

Love, 30, had been ramping up his activity in recent weeks after having toe surgery in November. He practiced in full for the first time on January 31 and is feeling good enough to play. 

“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 Cavs.com after Friday's shootaround. “I’m hoping my foot responds well, but we won’t know until later tonight." 

Love will be on a minutes restriction, which is understandable considering he's been out for over three months. 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. 

The Cavaliers signed the five-time All-Star to a four-year, $120 million contract extension last July. Love has only played in four games this season due to injury, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds per game.