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Cavs’ Kevin Love, David Nwaba will be on minutes restriction vs. Suns

Kevin Love, David Nwaba

The Cleveland Cavaliers host the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, and All-Star power forward Kevin Love and small forward David Nwaba will be on a minute restriction, according to Cavs head coach Larry Drew.

Love is making his way back from a toe injury which required surgery. He’s played in two games since coming back.

Nwaba, meanwhile, has been dealing with a lingering ankle injury all season, so the Cavs are just playing it safe with him.

It’s the tank bowl in Cleveland on Tuesday, as the Cavs are and Suns have two of the worst records in the NBA. Cleveland is 12-46, 14th place in the Eastern Conference, while Phoenix is 11-48, 15th place in the Western Conference standings.

In six games this season, Kevin Love is averaging 15.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per contest. The All-Star power forward is shooting 32.5 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from beyond the arc and 84.6 percent from the free-throw line.

In 27 games for the Cavs, David Nwaba is putting up 6.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. The rugged defender is shooting 45.4 percent overall, 29.5 percent from the 3-point line and 63.3 percent from the foul line.

In the second post-LeBron James era, Cleveland’s season has gone pretty much how everyone thought it would.

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