CLEVELAND — Kyle Korver’s first game as a Cavalier was against the Utah Jazz.
Now, his first game back with Cleveland after a foot injury could be against the Jazz.
Korver has been out with a sore left foot since March 9, but he and, yes, Kevin Love, participated in practice Wednesday with a chance to play for the Cavs against Utah at Quicken Loans Arena Thursday night.
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Whether or not they play against the Jazz — it’s more likely Love, their All-Star forward who’s been out since undergoing minor knee surgery Feb. 14, plays this weekend in Los Angeles — the return of both Love and Korver is imminent.
Which means the Cavs will finally be whole, with the playoffs one month away.
“The biggest thing for me is just getting everybody back healthy so we can start taking off like supposed to,” coach Tyronn Lue said after practice Wednesday.
The sky has not exactly fallen in for Cleveland. The defending champs are still in first place in the East, and over the past two months, general manager David Griffin has added Korver, Deron and Derrick Williams, and now Larry Sanders to the fold.
But the Cavs are just 3-5 in March, and have not played with a full roster of healthy players all season.
That’s about to change.
“You know, Kyle’s out, I’m out, Swish (J.R. Smith) just coming back, those little things take time,” said Love, who’s averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds this season. “As far as getting better as the season goes on, or getting healthier as the season goes on, it will then make us better. … I think things only look up from here.”
The Jazz beat Cleveland 100-92 on Jan. 10 in Salt Lake City, and are winners of six out of the last seven overall. Utah knocked off the Detroit Pistons 97-83 Wednesday night in Auburn Hills, and on Monday beat the Los Angeles Clippers, who they could see in a first-round playoff series.
Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 25 points against the Pistons. The game against Cleveland will be the second of a four-game road trip.
“We’ll have our hands full,” Hayward said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “But I’m glad that we’re going out there after a win like tonight (against the Clippers). I think that gives you a little bit of confidence. It definitely makes you feel better on those long flights out east.”
Jazz guard Rodney Hood missed the second half against the Pistons with right knee soreness, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. He played 10 minutes and didn’t score.
The Jazz have won the last two games against the Cavs but haven’t beaten them in Cleveland since March of 2012, losing the last four.