Once the Cleveland Cavaliers traded away Kyrie Irving [VIDEO], Kevin Love became the defacto number two superstar for the Cavs behind LeBron James [VIDEO]. Even when the team expected Isaiah Thomas to return by Christmas, Love was still the man expected to stand out as the team's second top scorer and their overall number one rebounder. That is exactly how things worked out as well until Love fell to injury in the Cavaliers Jan. 30 game against the Detroit Pistons. With the injury, Love had to pull out of the All-Star game and looked like he might miss the rest of the regular season.

When does Kevin Love expect to return?

Kevin Love did an interview with NBCSports and had a nice timetable on when he could return to the court for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to Love, he will have his movable cast removed for good in about two weeks. He then said that it will be a few weeks after that before he can get back on the court and return to the Cavs.

Looking at that timetable, Kevin Love estimates his movable cast will be off by the first week of March. A few weeks later will put him at the end of March, or as Love states, "about a month" to get back to the Cleveland Cavaliers and help their new-look team push for their fourth NBA Finals appearance.

That could be great news for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The final regular season game for the Cavs is on April 11. Returning about a month from now would put Kevin Love back in time to play the trams last 12 regular season games, give or take.

The Cavaliers march to the NBA playoffs

The Cleveland Cavaliers are in an interesting spot right now.

Most fans and experts realize that the team has struggled this season. However, despite a long losing streak in January, the Cavs are still in third place in the Eastern Conference, 6.5 games back of the conference-leading Toronto Raptors. The Cavs are still in this season.

With the huge NBD trade deadline moves that offloaded older players like Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade and troublesome stars like Isaiah Thomas, the Cleveland Cavaliers look rejuvenated. Their new stars are young and hungry, and they won their first two games since the trades, including beating the second-place Boston Celtics before the All-Star break.

If Kevin Love makes his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers when he expects, he could really help out when the crunch time comes and get back into rhythm before the playoffs begin. For the first time since last December, things look bright for the Cavs future.