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Kevin Love targets a return to action for the Cavs next week

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After suffering two consecutive defeats in Los Angeles to the Clippers and Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back with a routine win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night. 

LeBron James posted a triple-double of 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to inspire the Cavs to a much-needed victory. 

They are now 2-2 on their six-game road trip and will close it out with games against the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers and Chicago Bulls. 

The Cavaliers are extremely shorthanded at the moment with multiple injuries hampering them. When it rains it pours and that's certainly the case for them as Larry Nance Jr. became the latest player to go down. 

The big man suffered a hamstring injury in the win over the Suns and he could join Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Cedi Osman and Rodney Hood on the sidelines. 

But by the next time they face Phoenix - on March 23 - Cleveland could be boosted by the return of Love. 

The power forward has missed the last 19 games with a broken hand and is closing in on a return. 

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He told Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon that he has pencilled in that date with the Arizona-based franchise for his comeback.

The 29-year-old didn't say for sure that he'll be on the floor for that encounter next Friday but he's viewing that game as a goal for when to suit up again. 

Opportunities to practice with the team will be limited for Love as they will be playing every other day next week in a packed schedule a the campaign draws to a close.

The five-time All-Star was initially ruled out for six-to-eight weeks but a return against Phoenix would beat that by a few days meaning he'll be slightly ahead of schedule. 

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His presence on the floor will give the Cavs a huge boost as he can help carry the load offensively with LeBron and also bring his rebounding ability on both ends of the floor. 

In the 19 games he's missed, the Ohio-based outfit has gone 10-9 over that stretch and could really do with him back in the lineup. 

Before his injury, the veteran was having another productive season with 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, while shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range.

Love will be returning to a team that has drastically changed from the last one he featured in as Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, George Hill and Larry Nance Jr. were all acquired at the trade deadline. 

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We won't know just how good the Cavaliers can be until they get all of their guys healthy, allowing head coach Tyronn Lue to figure out his best rotation. 

"I just want us to get as healthy as we can get so I know and obviously our coaching staff knows and we all know what we can become," LeBron James said, per Cleveland.com.

They may be able to start getting some of those answers by the end of next week when they look set to have their big man back. 

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