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Kevin Love | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 243
College: UCLA
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Kevin Love (neck) said he needs to remind himself to get more inside touches in order to get his game going.
As he adjusts to a new system, Love thinks he needs to play more inside-out rather than drifting beyond the arc. "Yeah, the offense is built that way, but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love said. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the 3-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix." While Love's fantasy owners should expect a dip from his 2013-14 numbers as he learns to co-exist with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, he's still worth a pick at the end of the first round. Oct 23 - 9:40 AM

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Kevin Love (neck) returned to action in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring nine points on 2-of-10 shooting (0-for-5 3PTs) with 13 rebounds, three assists and no steals or blocks in 35 minutes.

Timing and cohesion will be early issues and owners shouldn't read into these results too much. Love is still a worth drafting later in the first round, despite the potential impact of his new big-time teammates or any potential injury risk.
Oct 20 - 10:33 PM

Kevin Love (Neck) is expected to play in an exhibition against Chicago on Monday.

The fact that he is playing in an exhibition bodes well for his status as his neck injury may have made his prospective fantasy owners nervous. Love is fine, and you can safely draft him inside the first round. However, expect a slight dip in his numbers across the board due to his new role on the Cavs.
Oct 18 - 3:21 PM

Kevin Love (neck) will not play against the Mavericks on Friday.

The team has said Love is fine, so there's no reason to panic. He'll be ready to go for the regular season and should be back on the practice court next week. Love's role is going to change, so he's not the high-end first round pick he was while with the Wolves.
Oct 17 - 11:35 AM

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt said Kevin Love has a stiff neck after leaving Wednesday's game and a team spokesperson reiterated that the injury is not serious.

Love returned to the court after originally suffering his injury, but asked to be removed from the game during the second quarter and did not return after half time. Blatt said that he hopes Love will be available for Friday's exhibition against the Mavericks, so this shouldn't change fantasy owners' perception of the big man as a first-round draft pick.
Oct 16 - 9:40 AM

Kevin Love left Wednesday's game with a neck injury, which is not thought to be serious.

It sounds like Love is fine, but his hot streak was stopped tonight. He hit just 1-of-6 shots for five points, four rebounds, two assists and no 3-pointers. Love has dinged up his knee and his neck in his last two games, and came in on fire, hitting 17-of-23 shots and 9-of-12 3-pointers prior to tonight's line. Despite the early minor injuries, he's good to go on draft night.
Oct 15 - 11:37 PM

Kevin Love, who was iffy coming into Wednesday's game with a sore knee, was able to start in that game, but left early after apparently hurting his neck.

Love immediately asked out of the game after getting "banged up" and was said to be favoring his neck and back. He also didn't return to start the second half, nor did he ever make it to the bench, but the team is reporting after the game that the injury is not considered serious. Continue to draft Love as a first-rounder, as you were.
Oct 15 - 8:36 PM

Kevin Love (sore knee) expects to play on Wednesday.

He only logged 21 minutes on Tuesday, leaving for good soon after bumping knees with Jabari Parker in the third quarter, but the injury isn't a concern for the Cavs. Love has been terrific all preseason, easing concerns about his production alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving while solidifying himself as a mid-first-round pick.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 15 - 10:16 AM

Kevin Love hit 8-of-11 shots and five more 3-pointers for 25 points, four rebounds and two assists on Tuesday, but also banged his right knee during the game.

He's been absolutely lights-out with his shooting over the last two preseason games, hitting 17-of-23 shots and 9-for-12 3-pointers. He's expected to play on Wednesday despite his sore knee, and his draft stock appears to be rising, although keep in mind LeBron James sat this one out.
Oct 14 - 11:17 PM

Cavaliers coach David Blatt is comfortable using zone defenses for stretches this season, and his players are on board with the plan.

The Cavs are a strong rebounding team led by Kevin Love, Anderson Varejao and LeBron James, which should make it more practical to play zone. "Offensively we’re ahead of the curve," Love said on Saturday. "Defensively we’re a little bit behind." Cleveland is one of the early favorites to win the championship, so their evolving defensive strategies will be under the microscope all season.
Oct 12 - 7:29 PM

Kevin Love dropped 25 points against the Heat on Saturday and looked like the best player on the court as the Cavs beat the Heat in Overtime.

He shot a ridiculous 9-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from deep while adding 7 rebounds. This is really encouraging for Love due to all of the question marks surrounding him about what his role will be on the Cavs. He is a safe pick in the first round of standard leagues.
Oct 11 - 8:44 PM

Playing in his first preseason game with the Cavs on Sunday, Kevin Love had eight points, one 3-pointer, 11 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in an easy win vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Early indications are that Love will start alongside Tristan Thompson this season, with Anderson Varejao coming off the bench, but Love also expects to earn some playing time at center. There are real concerns about a dip in his offensive usage, but his elite scoring, 3-point shooting and rebounding are enough to cement his first-round fantasy valuation.
Oct 5 - 8:40 PM

Kevin Love expects to play some center this season for the Cavs.

This would certainly create some matchup problems for opposing teams, but it will be interesting to see if this comes to fruition. We expect a slight dip in Love's numbers because there are a lot more mouths to feed in Cleveland, but he is still a solid first round pick in standard formats.
Oct 5 - 5:43 PM

LeBron James is excited about Kevin Love's ability to throw the long outlet pass.

"There's no one in the league that does that like him. No one," James said Wednesday. "He has the ability to get a rebound and look up the court with his outlet passes. The two-hand chest pass from 94 feet, there's no one like him." Dwyane Wade threw some nice passes to LeBron over the last few years and it appears that the Love-to-James combo should be even better. The Cavs looked fantastic in Wednesday's scrimmage and Cleveland fans have plenty to look forward to this season.
Oct 1 - 10:58 PM

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin admitted that he has "concerns [about the team's] ability to protect the rim."

Griffin also said that his concerns are not "just a Kevin [Love] question" and that he is not worried about "Kevin’s ability to be in right place at right time [on defense]" Kevin Love's defensive abilities have come under fire as of late, specifically from his previous team owner Glen Taylor. Fair or unfair, if the Cavs struggle on defense, Love will likely shoulder a large part of the blame.
Aug 28 - 2:36 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3A.J. Price
SG1Dion Waiters
2James Jones
3Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
2Shawn Marion
3Mike Miller
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
3Shane Edwards
C1Anderson Varejao
2Brendan Haywood
3Alex Kirk