Cleveland Cavaliers All-star Kevin Love sustained a shoulder injury in May. Love finally returned to make his mark in full practice sessions for the first time on Saturday.
“I felt good,” Love said after practice. “Just getting into the rhythm of the plays more than anything. Just getting my legs under me with contact. Five-on-five felt really good.”
Love also revealed he was eager as well as anxious about playing without restrictions. He is now raring to go against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday in a preseason game.
“We’re trying to stay true to our plan,” Cavs head coach David Blatt said. “We could throw him out there on Monday or Tuesday, but I don’t think it’s necessary at this point.”
The return of Love would benefit the Cavs as All-star point Kyrie Irving is still recovering from a broken knee cap sustained during the first game of the last season’s NBA finals. Back-up forward Tristan Thompson is still unsigned. With this situation, Love is expected to take added responsibilities to support LeBron James.
“He looked well. He looked healthy,” said James. “It was great to have him out there for our team and it was great to have another body back out there, especially someone who’s going to mean so much to our team, so he looked pretty good coming back.”