Cavaliers Kevin Love, Shawn Marion say they’re ready to return to action

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Kevin Love and Shawn Marion say they expect to play against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

That’s welcome news for a Cleveland Cavaliers team without LeBron James for the next two weeks because of knee and back strains.

Love said at Friday morning’s shoot-around that the back spasms that kept him out of Cleveland’s last game have subsided and he’s “going to give it a go.” Marion missed the last two games with a sprained ankle.

Love hopes to use James’ absence as a chance to expand his role, saying “You have to look at this as a glass half full. I know that our best player is out, our leader is out, but it’s an opportunity for other players to step up, myself included.”