Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who has missed 19 games with a broken bone in his left hand, is planning to return to action next week, according to Joe Vardon of

Love was projected to miss six to eight weeks when he suffered the injury, and March 26 will mark exactly eight weeks. He told reporters last night that he is hoping to be ready for a March 23 game against Phoenix, but isn’t ready to set an exact return date. Cleveland also has games March 21 against Toronto and March 25 against Brooklyn.

The Cavaliers have gone 10-9 without Love, who earned an All-Star selection by averaging 17.9 points and 9.4 rebounds in 48 games. Cleveland underwent a roster upheaval in his absence, acquiring George Hill, Rodney Hood, Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson in three deals at the trade deadline.

“I just want us to get as healthy as we can get,” teammate LeBron James said, “so I know and obviously our coaching staff knows and we all know what we can become.”

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