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Kevin Love set to return for Cavs vs Knicks

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Tomorrow night, the NBA’s defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers will face the New York Knicks inside Madison Square Garden at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC.

After missing the last two games due to lower back soreness, Joe Vardon of www.cleveland.com reports today that Kevin Love will be active for tomorrow’s match-up in The Big Apple.

“We’re hoping that we’ve got a pretty good handle on it now,” Love said after participating in Friday’s practice. “It’s always hard to kind of tell when you can’t see it. It’s not quite like a concussion in that way, but as far as not being able to see the injury and it spasmed and having to deal with that for a week or maybe five days at a time, it’s tough and it lingers. But I feel like we’ve got a pretty good handle on it now.”

On Monday, Love was subject to testing, which later showed no structural damage. An anti-inflammatory shot was an option on the table, but as Vardon reports, Love said he didn’t think it would be necessary.

For the season, Love, who was recently named an NBA All-Star, is averaging 19.9 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. With Cleveland’s next four games on the road, the 6-foot-10 big man will have to endure quite a bit of travel time, but he feels like the situation is under control.

“I feel like we do have it under control,” Love said Friday. “We know exactly what’s doing it now, while we might not have in the past. I think it happened one or two times a couple years back, and then maybe December when I missed a game in Memphis, so I feel good.”

“K-Love,” as Love is affectionately known, will once again be spreading the floor and gobbling up rebounds for the defending champs. Welcome back, Kev!

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