The Cleveland Cavaliers are on a roll with their new-look roster and will be getting a boost when All-Star forward Kevin Love returns to action.
According to Love, he is about a month away from joining the new-look Cavs.
“I’m probably about two weeks out from getting this movable cast off for good, and then from there about a few weeks after that before I get back,” Love told NBCSports.com.
“So I have a good amount of time, about a month.”
Love will return to a team that experienced a roster turnover at the NBA trade deadline. so it will take some time for Love to get acclimated to his new teammates, but Love feels that the change is good.
“Just clearing out… I shouldn’t say that, just getting new faces and getting new energy in the locker room has been big for us. Even in the last two games, you can just see the energy is different, you can see guys are really competing on both ends of the floor, and that bodes well for us the second half of the season.”
“It might not have been a bad thing to get some fresh faces in there and guys from situations where they really wanted to win,” Love said during media day. “I think first and foremost, seeing those (new) guys in Atlanta, they didn’t play, but they got there right after the trade and they just said they want to win.
“You can tell when somebody says it, you can tell when somebody means it. They really meant it and it felt good to have that there.”
Love is battling back from a left hand injury and knows that he has a tough road ahead of him if he wants to return to the court in a month.
“Just look at it from an optimistic point of view,” Love said.
“Even last year I missed the New Orleans All-Star Game because I just had my knee scoped, so just knowing that I’ve been there before, knowing that I’ve had success coming back, and just getting over that mental hurdle of coming back from an injury.
“Looking at it glass half full, it’s my left hand, so I can still do a ton of stuff out there on the floor and be ready to play in a month.”
“I know we will supplement different guys in the lineup,” Love said. “I’ll hopefully be able to come back quite easily, I’ll have my legs under me — like I said, just because it’s my left hand — and I’ll be able to get back into rhythm here really fast.”