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Tyronn Lue to rejoin Cavs on Friday, ease back into coaching

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Cary Erickson | 31 March, 2018, 06:00

Head coach Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first half of the National Basketball Association game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Love is averaging 17.7 points and 9.2 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who reside in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 45-30 record.

Associate head coach Larry Drew has been coaching the Cavaliers in Lue's absence. "He's still on the floor petting the lab, and I think it was the canine that got him going". As a team, the Cavs have been at the forefront of mental health awareness this season, with former Cleveland big man Channing Frye opening up about dealing with depression and Love penning an essay for The Player's Tribune revealing that he has experienced panic attacks.

Lue announced he was stepping away from the team March 19 to focus on his health. However, the Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers are just a half-game behind and only the top four seeds receive home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They're 14-8 since, and they're trying to get healthy.

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Kevin Love could return against the Pelicans after missing one game with a concussion.

LeBron James said it was "absolutely" encouraging to hear Lue's plans to observe the team and revealed he had been in contact with his coach during the Cavs' recent road trip. Kyle Korver has missed a week because of the death of his brother.

Therefore, with just nine games left on their schedule, the Pelicans will be desperate to register as many wins as possible through the rest of the regular season.