Cavs’ Kevin Love Starts Practicing Again

Kevin Love in 2014. Photo by Ezra Acayan/REX/Shutterstock

The Cleveland Cavaliers shared an optimistic update about the recovery of their All-Star forward Kevin Love. According to the team’s announcement, which was shared on Wednesday, Love resumed individual basketball activities this week and should soon return to team practices.

The Cavs added that Love’s condition will be assessed on a daily basis, and his participation in full-contact drills will depend on this. If everything goes well, the next step for a 32-year-old star should be playing NBA games.

Love hasn’t played since late December after aggravating a right-calf strain in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. He made two appearances in 2020-21 and is averaging 9.5 points, 6 rebounds, and 2.5 points per game.

Despite Love’s absence, Cleveland has played really well this season. The young roster, led by Colin Sexton and Darius Garland, is hovering around .500 and has a 10-12 record. This is enough for No. 7 in the Eastern Conference at the moment.

With Kevin Love back, the Cavs should become instantly better and might have a legitimate chance to challenge for the playoffs. Cleveland missed the postseason in both of the previous two seasons while having the worst and second-to-worst records in the East, respectively.