The Cavs announced on Sunday that Kevin Love will sit out Sunday’s game against the Magic, just to rest.
#Cavs F Kevin Love will not play tonight vs Magic. Just rest purposes.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 15, 2015
The timing of Love’s rest is interesting because he did not play in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s Thursday night overtime win over the Spurs. Love admitted recently that he’s dealing with recurring back spasms (via ESPN.com’s Michael Wallace):
The three-time All-Star denied that he might need a procedure after the season to address any specific concerns but acknowledged that he has been dealing with stiffness and recurring back spasms since November.
“It’s something I want to get right before we get to the playoffs, because that’s what’s most important at this point,” Love, 26, told ESPN.com before Saturday’s practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Magic. “It’s not something that’s — I’m going to have to address my body. But I address my body every offseason. I’ll go from my toe all the way up to my head to try to figure out how to better my body for next season. It’s not something that’s going to bother me down the road.”
The back spasms would somewhat explain Love’s up-and-down play this season, but he’s been an awkward fit with the Cavs’ offense, largely limited to sitting out at the three-point line, much to his frustration.