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Love rests again, expected to play vs. Nets

MIAMI -- Kevin Love missed his second consecutive game Monday, sitting out the Cleveland Cavaliers' matchup with the Miami Heat for rest.

"Kevin, we're going to rest again," Cavs coach David Blatt said before the game. "I did talk to him and I just felt it was best to give him another day, and we will see him back on the court on Wednesday."

While Blatt characterized the reason for resting the seven-year veteran as a "fatigue issue" and insisted there is "no injury problem" for Love, ESPN's Israel Gutierrez reported that Love approached Blatt about sitting out specifically to rest his ailing back.

The Cavs host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, one of their final 13 games before the postseason begins.

Love told ESPN.com's Michael Wallace over the weekend that he wanted to get the stiffness in his back healed in time for the playoffs.

"It's something I want to get right before we get to the playoffs, because that's what's most important at this point," Love said. "It's not something that's -- I'm going to have to address my body. But I address my body every offseason. I'll go from my toe all the way up to my head to try to figure out how to better my body for next season. It's not something that's going to bother me down the road."

Love is averaging 16.8 points per game this season -- his lowest average since his second season in the league -- and 10.1 rebounds, his lowest average since he was a rookie.

Blatt said he has been cognizant of giving his players rest throughout the season. LeBron James, for instance, is averaging the least amount of minutes per game (36.3) of his 12-year career.

"We have made an effort to keep guys as fresh as possible, and it's paying off for us now, and hopefully down the line it will pay off for us more," Blatt said.