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Kevin Love | Center/Forward | #0

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 251
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (5) / MEM
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Kevin Love hit 9-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, 15 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes of Tuesday's loss.
Love is averaging 22.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five playoffs games, and might be the only other Cavalier fully invested along with LeBron James. At least on Tuesday, he was really the only other starter who showed up, although new starter Tristan Thompson at least hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points and seven rebounds. May 15 - 11:50 PM

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Kevin Love scored 17 points on 5-of-14 shooting during Sunday's blowout loss to Boston, adding one 3-pointer, eight rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 31 minutes.

Through the first 10 minutes of the game, LeBron James (five) and Love (four) were the only Cavs able to put points on the board, but Love got himself into some early foul trouble and was an absolute mess on the defensive end. He also struggled on the glass pulling down just three rebounds through the first half of action, and simply put, he’ll need to be much better in all aspects for Cleveland to have a shot of advancing to the Finals for the fourth year in a row.
May 13 - 6:03 PM

Kevin Love had 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting with six rebounds, two blocks and two steals in Cleveland's 128-93 series-clinching victory on Monday.

Love continued his quality play from the previous two games. He's now averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds over the last three games. If he can keep up this level of play into the Eastern Conference Finals, it could potentially mean a fourth straight Finals appearance for the Cavs.
May 7 - 11:31 PM

Kevin Love kept it going in Game 3 against the Raptors on Saturday, scoring 21 points with 16 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

His third-quarter output was key with Love scoring nine consecutive Cavs points while LeBron James was on the bench for seven of those, which gave LeBron some rest. Love's post-up game is back and he may have played his best defensive game of the postseason. Make it two strong games in a row after a 31-11 game on Thursday, so he looks to be back in All-Star form. The Cavs are dangerous finally.
May 5 - 11:34 PM

Kevin Love turned his postseason around in Game 2 against the Raptors on Thursday, scoring 31 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

Hey, there he is. His 31 points today are more than he had in his previous three games combined (28), and he went to the line seven times after not going there at all in the previous three games, too. Coach Ty Lue wanted Love out there to space the floor and that play worked extremely well as the Cavs were able to get their offense rolling. If this version of Love keeps showing up, the Cavs should be headed to the NBA Finals again.
May 3 - 8:43 PM

Kevin Love is expected to start at center again, according to coach Ty Lue.

Jonas Valanciunas feasted when Love was on him, scoring 11 of his points on just 24 possessions last night (per NBA.com). That starting lineup in Game 1 also got thumped with a -47.5 net rating, but Lue still wants to give it one more chance, apparently. Love has really struggled this postseason and it could be due to his hand, but he'll likely be looking at big minutes again.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 3:57 PM

Kevin Love hit just 3-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, 13 rebounds, two assists and five fouls in Tuesday's 113-112 Game 1 overtime win in Toronto.

Love's left thumb (torn ligament) is clearly bothering him and he appeared to have trouble gripping the ball at times, but his 3-pointer came in the clutch and he had several key rebounds for the Cavs. Love's shooting has been a nightmare, as he's hit just 15-of-57 shots over his last five, good for just 26 percent. But if guys like Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith, Jeff Green and Tristan Thompson are going to step up and score in double figures like they did tonight, in addition to LeBron James, it should work in the Cavs' favor.
May 1 - 11:10 PM

Kevin Love scored seven points with seven rebounds and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

He fell on his left arm in this loss and was down for close to a minute, but he stayed in the game. Love has been a shell of himself offensively with little output in post-up offense, and really just an inability to get his own shot overall. He was helpful on the offensive glass before today, but he didn't get any on that end and he continues to be a liability on defense. The Cavs need him to show up on Sunday.
Apr 27 - 10:16 PM

Kevin Love collected 10 rebounds on Wednesday, adding 11 points (2-of-11 FGs, 6-of-6 FTs) in the Cavs' Game 5 home win.

Love was limited to five points in Game 4 and his struggles have been pronounced over the past week, leaving LeBron James to shoulder an even heavier burden than usual offensively. He jammed his thumb during Game 2 but has dismissed the injury as an excuse, saying, "Initially it was painful and in the few days that followed, but now [the pain] has kind of subsided and I’m just getting my feel back in my left thumb." He didn't have any defensive stats tonight, with just one assist, so if he's not scoring he's not helping your DFS teams.
Apr 25 - 10:27 PM

Kevin Love picked up his second foul just 90 seconds into Sunday's game, which he finished with five points on 2-of-10 shooting, 11 rebounds, two steals and one block in 29 minutes.

Love is playing with a partially torn ligament in his left thumb. It hasn't cost him any time but he's struggled to make a consistent impact in the series. After attempting zero shots in the third quarter of Game 3, Love vowed to "find different ways to try and get the ball ... I need to go get it and just need to be more ... vocal in calling for it." His overall attempts dipped tonight but that was mostly due to the foul trouble, and the Cavs will continue to brainstorm ways to keep him engaged offensively.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 22 - 11:47 PM

Kevin Love scored 19 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

He had a strong first half with 16 points, but he totally disappeared in the second half until he hit a clutch 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left to cut it to one. Besides the lack of offense, he was pushed around under the boards while his defense was sub-par as usual. Love's left hand didn't seem to bother him and he didn't have it wrapped during this game. He has to play better for the Cavs to advance out of the first round.
Apr 20 - 9:40 PM

X-rays on Kevin Love's left thumb were negative and coach Ty Lue confirmed that Love will be ready to go for Game 3 on Friday.

"[Love] is good. He’s fine," Lue said. "Just a jammed thumb. Ready to go for Game 3." Lue added that he liked the "flow of the team" down the stretch, which is the only reason he didn't put Love back into the game after his injury late in the fourth quarter. We'll leave him on the injury report as a precaution, but it's safe to deploy him in DFS and other postseason fantasy formats.
Apr 18 - 10:41 PM

Kevin Love jammed his left thumb during the fourth quarter of Game 2, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting, two 3-pointers and eight rebounds in 34 minutes.

Despite being forced to the bench down the stretch of a close game, coach Ty Lue said afterward, "[Love] is good." He broke his left hand earlier in the season but this injury was unrelated, as his thumb twisted awkwardly when hit by a pass from Victor Oladipo. We'll add him to the injury report for Friday's Game 3 but it sounds like he'll be ready to roll. If he is forced to miss time, Larry Nance and Jeff Green will be forced to step up and Tristan Thompson could reemerge in the rotation.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue wants Kevin Love to "demand the ball in the post" more than he did during Game 1.

Love settled for perimeter shots on Sunday with six 3-pointers and zero attempts inside 11 feet of the basket. "He said he has to be more aggressive," Lue said. "They're trying to be physical with him on his post-ups but he's seen that a lot of times before." The Cavs were beat in most aspects of the game on Sunday and they'll need a lot more from their All-Stars in Game 2, especially if George Hill (back) and Kyle Korver (foot, illness) are limited.
Apr 16 - 6:48 PM

Kevin Love grabbed 17 rebounds in Sunday's 98-80 blowout Game 1 loss to the Pacers, but he failed to do much else with just nine points on eight shots in 34 minutes of action.

Simply put, Love has to be a more productive part of the offense if Cleveland is going to right the ship. Although Love was the game's leading rebounder, he was also outscored by Larry Nance, J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Lance Stephenson, Myles Turner, Bojan Bogdanovic and Victor Oladipo.
Apr 15 - 6:17 PM