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Kevin Love | Center/Forward | #0

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 9/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 251
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (5) / MEM
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Kevin Love finished Game 3 with nine points, 13 rebounds, one assist and a career-high six steals in 37 minutes on Wednesday, as the Cavs fell into an 0-3 hole in the Finals.
Love's six steals tied a Cavaliers postseason franchise record, and it marked his new personal career-high. His overall game tonight helped to make up for his poor shooting -- he went 1-of-9 from the field and 1-of-7 from deep -- but the Cavs ultimately lost 118-113 to the visiting Warriors. Jun 8 - 12:14 AM

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Kevin Love said guarding all five positions will be key for the Cavs defense in the NBA Finals.

They've got some work to do. The Cavs had numerous defensive breakdowns, which is part of the reason Kevin Durant had six dunks in the first half. Specifically, they were absolutely killed early in the shot clock, allowing the Warriors to turn in a 79.4 effective field goal percentage on the 17 attempts when the shot clock had between 18-22 seconds remaining.
Jun 3 - 5:11 PM

Kevin Love made 4-of-13 from the field for 15 points with a playoff career-high 21 boards, adding one assist, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

The rebounds don't really tell the story here. Before this game, his defense had transformed to an asset against the Eastern Conference. Not tonight, though. Love has looked unplayable against the Warriors at times, which was the case for a large portion of this game. Draymond Green was not giving Love many clean looks on the offensive end and it seemed like he knew exactly what has happening before Love made his move. The Cavs really tried to get him going against the Celtics, so that may be in the cards again for Game 2.
Jun 1 - 11:43 PM

Kevin Love said he doesn't think the Cavs are underdogs in the NBA Finals.

Of course, it's not like he's going to say the Cavs are underdogs to give a new version of the Chris Paul clip from the Utah series. Love said he thought the underdog angle could be used as motivation, though. Coach Tyronn Lue also said he's not worried about the Las Vegas odds and that the team shouldn't need any motivation from that. Love's defense has vastly improved lately and it'll be interesting to see how much he's used at center against the Warriors.
May 27 - 5:26 PM

Kevin Love grabbed a playoff career-high 17 rebounds to go with 17 points, five assists, one steal, two blocks and three 3-pointers in Tuesday's Game 4 win over Boston.

He finished 6-of-13 from the field and is quickly gaining a reputation for his incredible full-court outlet passes (link below). He may even be the best quarterback in Cleveland right now. All kidding aside, Love has been dominant in this series with averages of 24.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks, and his play on the defensive end has also been solid. The big question is whether or not he can carry this momentum into the NBA Finals.
May 23 - 11:37 PM

Kevin Love made 8-of-16 field goals with seven 3-pointers on Sunday, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 36 minutes of action.

Love hit all seven of his 3-pointers in the first half, a perimeter barrage that kept Boston at bay and set a franchise record for first-half triples. He was solid defensively, as well, and has been terrific in the Conference Finals after a quiet first two rounds of the playoffs. Love's second-half disappearance on offense tonight is puzzling, but he's been much more involved on that end and should be a safe play when Cleveland looks to take a commanding 3-1 lead on Tuesday.
May 21 - 11:48 PM

Kevin Love scored 21 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

He's actually been a solid defender in this series and he's also lighting up the Celtics as a shooter. Love wasn't playing very well in the first two series, especially with just 12.0 points per game against the Raptors. Whatever happened in the time off, it's certainly helping. He's had a tough time against the Warriors, though.
May 19 - 10:55 PM

Kevin Love scored a playoff career-high 32 points during Wednesday's Game 1 victory in Boston, making 9-of-16 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs with six 3-pointers, 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

Tyronn Lue vowed to get Love more involved offensively vs. Boston after he posted a 19.8% usage rate in the first two rounds. Lue cited matchups as the reason for Love's relatively low involvement vs. Indiana and Toronto, but the Celtics had no answers for the four-time All-Star tonight -- Love scored 18 points in the third quarter alone, helping the Cavs roll to an easy 117-104 win. "This is a perfect roster with regard to how many predicaments they can put you in with all of the shooting around [LeBron]," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said before the game. Boston will go back to the drawing board for Game 2 on Friday.
May 17 - 11:33 PM

Coach Tyronn Lue vowed to get Kevin Love more involved in the Cavs offense in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Love averaged 19.1 points (on 14.5 field goal attempts) and 11.1 rebounds in the regular season, but has seen those averages dip to 13.8 points (on 9.9 FG attempts) and 9.1 boards in the playoffs. "For me, some of it's my fault because we haven't really featured him a lot because of the matchups we had on other teams," said coach Lue. "In this next series, we have some matchups he can definitely take advantage of, and it's on me to make sure we do that." Love will be a solid DFS option in the early games of the ECF.
Source: ESPN.com
May 12 - 10:44 AM

Kevin Love was quiet in Cleveland's 109-102 Game 4 win over Toronto on Sunday, finishing with just five points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

Love just didn't have it in this one, and overall, he was hit-or-miss during this second-round series finishing with averages of 12.0 points, 8.5 boards, 1.0 assist and 2.3 turnovers per game on 44.7 percent shooting. His usage rate has also dipped to 19.8 through the postseason thus far, and part of that has to do with LeBron James taking on a much more proactive role on offense. It'll be interesting to see if Love gets more involved during the Eastern Conference Finals.
May 7 - 7:11 PM

Kevin Love was quiet in 21 minutes on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 4-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Love committed four early turnovers, Channing Frye was on fire, and the Cavaliers quickly built up a commanding lead. It all added up to a disappointing night for Love, whose 21.5 percent usage rate pales in comparison to Kyrie Irving (33.9%) and LeBron James (32.1%). He should fare better in Toronto on Friday.
May 3 - 10:03 PM

Kevin Love was held to five points on 2-of-13 shooting during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Pacers, adding 16 rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer, one block and four turnovers in 35 minutes.

Love got off to a slow start offensively in this one, not even getting his first bucket until the final minute of the second quarter, but he made his presence felt on the glass all game long. In general, he was solid through the first-round, owning averages of 15.5 points, 9.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.3 triples and 2.5 turnovers per game, and he should continue to flirt with these numbers in Round 2.
Apr 23 - 4:10 PM

Kevin Love said he won't have any extra motivation in Game 4 after getting benched in the fourth quarter of Game 3 along with Kyrie Irving.

"No, that's silly," Love said. "If anything, we look at it like that was great for that second unit and those guys stepping up for us. It will give them a lot of confidence, give us a lot of confidence in all sorts of positions and situations that they can help us win. If they can do that, then now we got to go out with the first unit, especially in the first half, and play better." Love was incredible in the first two games of the series against Indiana, so expect a bounce-back performance on Sunday as the Cavs attempt to sweep the Pacers.
Source: ESPN
Apr 23 - 10:09 AM

Kevin Love scored 13 points with six rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

He did not play in the final 14 minutes of this game as coach Ty Lue stuck with his bench guys to help LeBron James. Love was remarkably efficient in the first two games with his 88.7 true shooting percentage, but this time it was Channing Frye knocking down shots. Expect Love to get big minutes on Sunday, assuming no garbage time.
Apr 20 - 10:28 PM

Kevin Love was incredibly efficient in Game 2 vs. the Pacers on Monday, scoring 27 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and 12-of-12 from the line.

He also hit 3-of-4 triples and grabbed 11 rebounds with three assists and a block. The Pacers foolishly put Lance Stephenson on him for several possessions and they obviously paid the price. Tristan Thompson added four points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Cavaliers, while Channing Frye scored three points in 13 minutes off the bench.
Apr 17 - 10:42 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Jose Calderon
3Kay Felder
4Deron Williams
SG1J.R. Smith
2Kyle Korver
3Iman Shumpert
4Dahntay Jones
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
3Cedi Osman
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
3Jeff Green
4Derrick Williams
C1Tristan Thompson
2Walter Tavares