Cavaliers PF Kevin Love (back) expected to play Friday vs. Hornets
Over 31 games this season, Love has averaged 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds while posting a 17.8 Player Efficiency Rating.
Prior to Wednesday, Love had not missed a game in his first year with Cleveland following a summer trade from Minnesota.
The Cavaliers announced on Thursday that star LeBron James would miss two weeks after being diagnosed with a knee strain and lower back strain.
Cleveland has lost four of its last five games and is now in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.