If you’ve read my work, you know I’m a major Kevin Love supporter. I think what he potentially gives the Cleveland Cavaliers far outweighs what he doesn’t. However, this article will have a bit of a change in view on Kev. While I still think he has the potential to give the Cavs what they need in their number three option…he hasn’t been showing it.
It’s time to start worrying about Kevin Love.
In Game 3 and Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals combined, Love has scored 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, shot zero free throws, and shot just 21.7%. Each and every one of those statistics is more alarming than the next. To add more wood to the fire, every time he falls, he comes up limping or wincing. Not nervous yet? How about Love has spent almost all of the fourth quarter in both games on the bench with the likes of Sasha Kaun and Jordan McRae.
The worst part about all of this is that he is missing open looks. That 21.7% is actually deceiving, and not in a good way. The majority of his shots, especially in Game 4, were wide open or lightly contested. He should be around/above 50% when taking wide open looks, and at a minimum above 40% from downtown when wide open. He’s just not getting it done, and for the life of me I can’t figure out why. That’s why I’m nervous. Because he was balling out for the first two series and came into this one with a couple of solid games. But now this, he has disappeared. And I can understand a bad game here and there, but this is two miserable games back to back.
I’m not sure if he’s tired, injured, angry, depressed, what have you. But we can’t win if he’s playing like this. With the series tied 2-2, and the Raptors playing unbelievable basketball, I am extremely concerned about Kevin Love. I hope he bounces back soon.