#Kevin Love was having his best season as a Cavalier, averaging a double double with 20 PPG and 11.1 RPG and was also a top 10 candidate in the MVP race. Kevin had been complaining about soreness in his left knee during early February, but decided to tough it out and play through it. But after the Cavaliers 125-109 win over Denver on the 12th of February, Love headed to team doctors who looked at his knee, which was swelling up. After evaluating the knee, surgery was determined aa the best option, which would unfortunately sideline Kevin for roughly six weeks.
Missed the All-Star game
As mentioned earlier, Kevin Love was having his best season as a Cavalier to date, and had already been voted as an Eastern All-Star starter for 2017, his 4th career All-Star appearance, and the first as a Cavalier. But with this unfortunate injury, Kevin was forced to miss the game. He would've suited up with and played alongside teammates Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. This was hard as Kevin, Kyrie, and LeBron all wanted to play together in the event. Carmelo Anthony instead replaced Kevin Love in the #All Star game.
It's now mid-March, around 5 weeks since the All-Star forward had his surgery and Kevin is right on track, and maybe a little early on his expected return date. According to an update from general manager David Griffin, Kevin Love could return to the lineup as early as this weekend. The Cavaliers start their #Road Trip this weekend on Saturday against the Clippers, which could be a game K-Love might suit up in. Kevin stated in practice that he probably won't suit up next game against the Jazz, but likely will in the upcoming road trip which features games against the Clippers (Sat 18th), Lakers (Sun 19th), Nuggets (Wed 22nd), Hornets (Fri 25th).
Healthy roster finally?
Kevin Love has mentioned he is "excited" and "antsy to get back" to the court. Teammate Kyle Korver also is expected to return on the road trip. Once both players have returned, this will be the first time the Cavaliers have had a full healthy roster this season, just in time for the playoffs.