Kevin Love was unsure if he would be back in time for opening night, but it looks like he will make it.
For the first time since the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk pulled his shoulder out of its socket in the first round of the playoffs, Love will be back on the court for the Cavaliers this Sunday against Toronto said coach David Blatt, reports Chris Haynes of the Plain Dealer.
“He went through a full practice today, including live work,” Blatt said. “He’s ready to go. [He] will play Sunday.”
Blatt said he’s not sure how he’ll incorporate Love in terms of minutes and usage. It will be the team’s sixth exhibition game. Although he has participated in practices with no limits for about a week, he’s still very much behind.
Blatt is going to have to integrate him pretty quickly, with the Cavaliers starting the season in 11 days. With Kyrie Irving out to begin the season as he continues to recover from his knee surgery, the Cavs are going to lean heavily on Love and LeBron James to start the season.
With LeBron likely out until the start of the season, Love and LeBron aren’t going to get time on the court together until opening night against the Bulls.