Kevin Love played in just two games to start the season before straining his right calf, which cost him the next 33 games. “We want him to play as many games as possible.”
Larry Nance Jr. also returned for Cleveland after missing a dozen games after fracturing the fourth metacarpal on his left hand, commonly known as a “Boxer’s fracture.”
“He’s one of those guys that helps us tick on both ends of the floor,” Bickerstaff said. “You don’t have to call plays for him and he can go out and get you double figures.”
Nance was playing the best basketball of his career before the injury, averaging 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds a game while shooting 38.1% from three.
Nance’s play had several teams looking for help at the four – Boston, Philadelphia, Minnesota, New Orleans, Miami, Dallas – all talking to Cleveland about a Nance trade.