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Kevin Love will be making his return to the Cavs lineup after missing Game 3 due to a concussion. The Cavs looked in a great rhythm on Wednesday night, so they want to go in with the same lineup in Game 4 tonight, which means Love will be coming off the bench.
The last time the three-time All-Star came off the bench was on April 14, 2010. It’ll be interesting to see how Cleveland utilizes him tonight. Via Akron Beach Journal:
Kevin Love is expected to play Friday and it’s likely he will come off the bench in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, league sources told the Beacon Journal.
Love still has another medical examination he must pass on Friday before he is cleared from the league’s concussion protocol, but he took part in some on-court shooting drills Thursday and the team is privately confident he will be available to play.
Coach Tyronn Lue would not discuss Love’s role on Thursday, insisting he hadn’t given it much thought. While one source stressed no final decision has been made yet, it’s likely at this point Love will be a reserve for the first time since April 14, 2010 – the final game of his second year in the league.