LeBron James Benefits From Kevin Love's 2-Way Rebound

Mar 19, 2017, 00:14

It was the Jazz's offense that really prevented them from winning the second and toughest game of this four-game road trip.

Cavaliers' All-Star Kevin Love will return Thursday night after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Valentine's Day and will start against the Utah Jazz at Quicken Loans Arena, coach Tyronn Lue said.

On a deeper level, however, there's the fact that the Cavaliers defense fell off a table since Love went down.

Irving, who scored 21 points, didn't play in the fourth quarter because of tightness in his left knee and said he left for precautionary reasons. Such is life this season for the Cavaliers.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a lot of downtime during their run to the 2016 NBA Finals. Thankfully, they were up to the task. Before his injury, the team was 20th in the league, with a defensive rating of 106.3.

Love will start at home against the Jazz, his first game since injuring his knee February 11. This is not a team that is going to be fun for anyone to face in the Western Conference playoffs. "That's something I take pride in". Sure, the Jazz were without a pair of starters in Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood, but with the Cavaliers' injury issues of their own, neither team was going to use that as an excuse. "I just try to put it on time and on target". They outscored the Jazz 24-16 while holding Utah to just 31.6 percent shooting from the field. But things got weirder still, as Lue had to send a ball boy into the stands to find Griffin and ask him if Lue could put Sanders in the game.

Sanders already had a taste of the 2016-17 regular season last Tuesday. Safe to assume they are going to shatter that mark and the Cavaliers' projected mark.

10 and 9 - Yes, Kevin Love was 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. It was so good to see Love back on the court and now the next step will be getting rid of the limit on his minutes. 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. JR keeps looking more and more like himself. In 26 games with the Cavaliers, he's averaged 11 points and has given LeBron James another perimeter option to pass to.

"That's why LeBron is who he is", Hayward said. "I just don't want to mess up any of the rhythm that these guys have, and will just go back in and play our brand of basketball".

The former Jazz to Cleveland movement began with Jefferson, however. It seems like injuries will give the champs a hard time having a complete unit as Irving and Iman Shumpert deal with health setbacks.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are finally settled in to buckle down for the final stretch of the season.

Against the Clippers, the Cavaliers have enjoyed much success recently.

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