Kevin Love could be the Cleveland Cavaliers’ secret weapon

Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /

Cleveland fans did not have a fun day in regards to sporting news. The Cleveland Browns reportedly have many players infected with the COVID-19 virus and it’s going to make Saturday’s game against the Las Vegas Raiders a challenge. However, not all is bad when it comes it Cleveland sports as of late, that’s for sure.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are showing that they are not a team to be messed with on the basketball floor. This is especially true after a 105-94 dominating victory over the Miami Heat. It’s the squad’s fourth-straight win in a row. These are over said Heat, the Sacramento Kings (117-103 at home), the Minnesota Timberwolves (123-106 on the road), and the Chicago Bulls (115-92 at home). Granted, the Bulls and Heat were shorthanded, but the Cavs have still been very impressive.

The team’s record to 17-12, making them fourth in the Eastern Conference just three games back of the first-placed Brooklyn Nets (19-8).

What was especially special about this last win was the play of veteran power forward Kevin Love. Connecting on five threes, this champion scored all 23 of his points in the second half (6-of-10 shooting), and his play has really taken off lately. And for much of the season, his play off the bench has been a pleasant surprise.

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Love could be the Cavaliers’ secret weapon.

Certainly, Love’s play in it itself is impressive. However, he serves as a presence on the team that helps the young players develop over this season. It shows in the success of the Cavs as a whole. No one expected this club to be in contention of the playoffs, let alone in fourth-place.

Love is able to provide a guiding hand of wise wisdom throughout his many years of play with the Minnesota Timberwolves on the Cavaliers. It helps especially with the budding stars like Evan Mobley in said development as well, and his recent comments about how the team is gelling are so encouraging; the buy-in is there from him.

Now, is this the same Love that averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds like with Minnesota in 2011-12? Well, of course not. However, Love still puts up about 12 points and seven rebounds for the Cavaliers this year. Which, is solid off the bench.

The best part of it all is that Love knows his role on this current team. His expectations are not that he has to be an All-Star like in years past. That makes it much easier on head coach J.B. Bickerstaff in regards to minutes and the rotation as a whole.

While the Cavaliers may not be in contention for a championship this year, the development of the young players could put them there in the coming seasons. Help from veterans like Love will get them in the proper position for the future.

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Unfortunately, the news about the Browns is not good. But, stay excited about the Cavs and the progress of the future. Players like Kevin Love are helping make this team take the next step, and it’s exciting.