When KevinLove returns to the lineup for the Cleveland Cavaliers, he will, obviously, do so as a member of the starting lineup.
The five-time All-Star power forward, out of commission since breaking his left hand during a loss at Detroit on Jan. 30, will supplant someone in the starting five.
Until then, though, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue will stick with the group that has been starting -- LeBron James and rookie Cedi Osman at forward, Tristan Thompson at center and George Hill and J.R. Smith in the backcourt.
"Right now," Lue said of his plans of keeping that unit intact until Love returns.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound Osman is averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds 9.7 minutes per game in his rookie season, starting six of the 48 games he's played. Osman is shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from the 3-point line, but just 56.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Osman would be the obvious guy to be bumped back to a reserve roll upon Love's return, but it could happen before then, as well.
"We'll see," Lue said.