Cavs hold off Timberwolves, Bulls beat Raptors again

Love missed most of the playoff run in 2015 with a shoulder injury and now joins J.R. Smith, who has been out since late December with a thumb injury, on the sideline for Cleveland.

The Cleveland Cavaliers played the Minnesota TimberWolves on Tuesday, a match-up not short on pre-game story lines.

Cleveland will visit Minnesota on Valentine's Day and play host to IN on Wednesday but after that will not play again until February 23 when NY visits. Lue gave Irving and James the day off during practice February 13. Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 11 boards. The 28-year-old has a 9.2 net rating that makes him a top member of the Cavaliers and his on/off rating of plus-12.0 makes him almost on par with Lebron James.

"The coaching staff is going to give us a game plan and it's up to us to go out and execute it", LeBron James said. "And we're already limited as it is".

Lue keeps pointing to matchups when discussing Love's fill-in and maybe there isn't a consistent answer. Love, who was named to his fourth All-Star team this year, will also miss Sunday's game in New Orleans.

In other news, the Cavaliers traded injured center Chris "Birdman" Anderson and cash to the Charlotte Hornets for a protected second-round pick. Acquiring such a player will be hard to do, but general manager David Griffin is the best in the league in acquiring players and other resources in very creative ways. He definitely would have gotten some playing time. "I'm confident that we'll play well, so guys just have to be ready to play". He was physical. He was always in the right spot defensively. We good. Kev is out. "It's unfortunate he got hurt". The regular season ends two weeks after his expected return, and even if Love does return on time, he may possibly not be able to play his usual amount of minutes until the postseason.

  • Julie Sanders