NEW YORK: Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will return to the starting lineup Friday when the Cavs begin a six-game road trip at the Brooklyn Nets.
Irving has missed the last three games with a right hamstring injury, but he beat the rest of the team to shootaround Friday morning to get early shots up. Love missed Wednesday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls with a violent case of food poisoning that nearly sent him to the emergency room during the early hours of New Year’s Day.
“I’ve never had food poisoning quite like that where every few minutes, it’d come right out,” he said. “Sit back down, come right out. It was bad. But feel good now.”
Love lost 10 pounds through the ordeal, but has put most of that back on. He needed IV bags on three separate occasions and couldn’t estimate how many total bags were used. By playing Monday, he set back his recovery a bit.
Love is a health nut who eats a lot of fish, but a bad piece of sea bass on the flight home from Charlotte on New Year’s Eve has at least changed that temporarily.
“I was sitting there watching the game the other night and just trying to get some rest, get some food,” Love said. “I tried to even just take a bite of fish, but it wasn’t happening for me. I had to do my chicken noodle soup and the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast). I was on that for a few days.”