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The Resurgence of Kevin Love (Part 2)

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Kevin Love-Part 2


Do you want to know what really grinds my gears? Fans that just look at statistical numbers to determine a players’ worth. The first season with the Cavaliers, Kevin Love was averaging 10 points less than the previous season he had with Minnesota where he was averaging 26 points a game. I agree, 10 points is a huge difference especially when you are supposed to be a MVP caliber player.  But you have to look at who was alongside Love in that 2013 season with the Timberwolves. The three leading scorers behind him were; Kevin Martin, Nikola Pekovic, and Corey Brewer. Now just for fun I am going to throw a few more names out there just so you understand the picture. Robbie Hummell, Dante Cunningham, Ronnie Turiaf, Chase Buddinger, just to name a few. So yes with this team Love had to be to focal point of this team by averaging close to 19 shots a game. It wasn’t as if he was just jacking up shots because he was on a sub-par team, his PER was an astounding 26.9. Which gave him 3rd best in the entire NBA, to only be behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant.

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So Chris, if Love was putting up those numbers in Minnesota why wasn’t he doing it in Cleveland right away? Why such a setback in numbers? I am so glad you guys asked! So let’s dive in a take a look! Okay, I’m going to state the obvious to start just to get it out of the way. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. You are starting to play with one player who has already won two titles along with four MVP’s so obviously your shots are going to be taken away there. Then on the other hand you have Kyrie Irving who had been in the same boat as you the last four years to where he was the main guy (really the only guy) that could score.  Irving was used to having the ball in his hand and putting up as many shots as he could because that is the only way the Cavaliers could win at the time.  So right there you are putting guys that were 4th, 10th, and 17th in the league at shot attempts the year before.


Anytime you start something new it takes time to get comfortable in your new setting and getting acclimated with everyone on your team.  Look at it this way, think about the job you have now and go back to when you first started this job. You weren’t friends with everyone right away telling jokes at the water cooler. It takes time to find that comfort with everyone you work with and the same goes for guys on the basketball court. Finding that comfort is not easy and can sometimes be more complex that involves more that yourself to get into that comfort zone. You can almost say it’s like putting that complicated puzzle together, it’s difficult at first, but when its finished it becomes a masterpiece.

I talk those puzzle pieces and building that masterpiece in part 3 so stay tuned.