The Cavaliers lineup Kevin Love returns to in a few weeks will be vastly different than the one he knew before.
The Cavs' All-Star forward, who broke his hand Jan. 30 and is likely out another six weeks, has watched the Cavs win four in a row. in the last two wins, Cleveland got major contributions from newcomers George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., who were acquired last week at the trade deadline.
Love told ESPN's The Jump on Friday it's been great watching the newcomers infuse youth, athleticism and a new attitude into the team.
"It was nice to see everybody back on the floor having that joy back," Love said. "I think you saw that. George Hill started out the game and it was like he's been with us all along. He's a battle-tested guy, been through a number of playoff series, been through it being a savvy veteran. And then Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. -— I mean we just have a number of guys that come in make us younger, make us longer, and I think really add to our team."
Love, who is averaging 17.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season, isn't worried about affecting the team's dynamic new chemistry when he returns.
"I'll fit in when I come back -— and hopefully I'll have enough games to get my legs beneath me and get my rhythm back," Love said.
The center says he's progressing well in recovering from his injury. He was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks from the Jan. 30 injury, which would put his return sometime in late March.
"I'm excited to get back with this new team," Love said.