Once a franchise player for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin Love has taken on a lesser role with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, last night in Game 1 against Boston, Love stole the show; recording a playoff career-high and was dropping bombs from behind the arc.
A look at the most underrated big man’s season with the Cleveland Cavaliers:
Big Man Boards
On the year, Kevin is averaging (19) points and (11.1) rebounds per game. Love has always been a proficient rebounder, making a dangerous tag team between himself and Tristan Thompson.
Of those (11.1) rebounds, he is averaging (2.5) on the offensive end,and (8.6) defensively. In terms of OR, he is second only to center Tristan Thompson, but averages more on the defensive end.
Through the regular season, he has recorded 14 games with (15+) rebounds. In total, Love has tallied (41) double-doubles, the most he’s notched in his three-year tenure with the Cavaliers.
Last night’s performance reminded us of the three-point champion that Love once was (circa. 2012). He recorded (32) points, and shot (6-9) from three-point land (67%).
Including the post-season, Love has recorded 34 games with (3+) three-pointers made, including his season high of (8-3PM) against the Portland Trailblazers.
With LeBron and Kyrie Irving passing to a guy averaging (.373) shooting, expect only more shots to drop.
This season has been Love’s best scoring wise with Cleveland, averaging (19.0) points per game. For someone who’s game revolves around three-pointers and rebounding, it’s more than impressive.
Despite injury taking hold on more than one occasion, he found his way to 29 games of scoring (20+) points. In that same three-point shooting display I mentioned earlier, he recorded his season-high (40) points.
If LeBron is off, or God-forbid Kyrie is off, Kevin Love is a more-than-reliable scoring option, especially behind open looks.
Kevin Love doesn’t receive enough credit for what he’s doing in Cleveland. Nor do the Cavaliers for the depth that is their Big 3.
LeBron and Kevin stole the show last night, combining for (70) points. Kyrie Irving? Oh he dropped only (11), but you wouldn’t know that thanks to the other two.
His performance last night, reminded us that it doesn’t take the entire Big 3 , to dominate, for Cleveland to come up with a win.
Watch out Golden State.
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