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Kevin Love | Center/Forward | #0

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 251
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (5) / MEM
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Kevin Love (knee) is healthy enough to play in Game 5 against the Raptors on Wednesday.
Love hurt his knee after stepping on a referee's foot in Game 4 on Monday, but isn't worried about his status for Game 5. "I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing." While Love's performance in Toronto left something to be desired, he should be able to return to form with the series heading back to Cleveland on Wednesday. May 24 - 11:24 AM
Source: ESPN

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Cavs head coach Ty Lue said he didn't play Kevin Love in the fourth quarter of Game 4 because Channing Frye was playing well.

Love was dealing with a bit of a knee issue after stepping on a referee's foot, but Lue's explanation didn't involve the injury. "To try to put Kevin back in with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter in a hostile game, hostile environment, it's not fair to him," Lue said. "Channing gave us a great lift off the bench, and we just rolled with it." While Lue's explanation doesn't make much sense, he should still be in the starting lineup for Game 5 and will likely see more than the 31 minutes he saw in Game 4.
May 24 - 9:36 AM

Kevin Love (knee) said he hurt his knee stepping on an official's foot at the end of the third quarter on Monday.

Coach Ty Lue said he thought it wasn't fair to put Love back in the game, so that's two straight fourth quarters without any Love. Lue added Love not playing in the fourth didn't have to do with his injury. The former All-Star should still be in the starting lineup and heading back home figures to help, too. Many were concerned about Love's inconsistent play and now it's coming to fruition. As long as he can make shots, he'll get time.
May 24 - 1:29 AM

Kevin Love did not play in the fourth quarter against the Raptors on Monday, finishing with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

He did look to hurt his left leg at the end of the third. Love didn't go to the locker room, so we'll be looking for an update. After Game 3, coach Ty Lue said it wasn't fair to play Love down the stretch, so maybe it was the same story. He hasn't played well at all in this series and is losing playing time to Channing Frye.
May 23 - 11:06 PM

Kevin Love made just 1-of-9 from the field for three points against the Raptors on Saturday, adding four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

He had a really off night and didn't even close this game out. Love has played above expectations for basically the entire postseason, so he gets a pass for this one. Expect him to be better in Game 4 and closer to his 33 playoff minutes per game.
May 21 - 11:01 PM

Kevin Love scored 19 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer against the Raptors on Thursday.

He did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. Love was on a stationary bike during this game, but he didn't appear to have any interaction with his medical staff. The Cavs have not lost any playoff games with LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Expect Love to flirt with 20 points in Game 3 on Saturday.
May 19 - 11:30 PM

Kevin Love scored 14 points with four boards, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Raptors in Game 1.

He didn't play much due to the blowout, so his streak of eight games in a row with a double-double ended. Love shot 4-of-8 from the field tonight and is now shooting 44.8 percent from deep in the postseason, so he's peaking at the perfect time for the Cavs. "That’s what we all hoped we would see in Kevin," Coach Tyronn Lue said of Love's recent play. "He’s a great player. I believe he’s a top-10 player in this league and he knows it."
Source: Wkyc.com
May 17 - 11:15 PM

Kevin Love is starting to open up to his teammates, according to Tristan Thompson.

While Love describes himself as a homebody, his teammate said he's finally starting to open up a bit. "He's just getting out of his shell, getting more comfortable," Thompson told me. "Kevin, he's full of jokes too now. Now he'll lead the roast. He'll start the roast." Love seems to be more comfortable on the court too and is now averaging 18.9 points and 12.5 rebounds in the playoffs.
May 10 - 10:27 AM

With the regular season winding down, Tyronn Lue issued a challenge to Kevin Love that sparked a new fire within the big man.

"And I said, 'Kevin, you got to be more aggressive,'" Lue said. "'Tell LeBron, I'm a bad m-----f----- too, so throw me the ball.' Be aggressive. Run the floor. If you're open, we got to throw you the ball. You got to demand the basketball and I said, 'Score the ball and be aggressive.'" Love reported feeling increased confidence as a result of Lue's words, and he's responded through eight postseason victories with averages of 18.9 points and 12.5 rebounds on 44.4 percent shooting from behind the arc. He's had a double-double in all eight games, too.
Source: ESPN
May 9 - 11:39 AM

Kevin Love helped the Cavs advance to the Eastern Conference Finals during Sunday's Game 4 win over the Hawks, tallying 27 points, eight 3-pointers, 13 boards, four assists, and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

He hit big-time shots for the Cavs all game long and while Love struggled with his shot inside the arc (14.3 percent) through Cleveland’s second-round series, he shot an impressive 47.5 percent from distance to go with averages of 19.0 points, 13.0 boards, 2.5 assists and 4.8 triples per contest. The Raptors and Heat are much better at contesting shots from beyond the arc, so Love likely won’t be quite as efficient from distance during the Eastern Conference Finals.
May 8 - 6:37 PM

Kevin Love made 7-of-17 from the field for 21 points with 15 rebounds, three assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

He got off to a torrid start with all 13 of the Cavs points to open this game. Love was in foul trouble due to a couple quick fouls in the third quarter, so that explains the lighter playing time. His usage has always been fine, but the efficiency wasn't there in this series until tonight. He'll be busy with plenty of shots headed his way.
May 6 - 10:23 PM

Kevin Love shot just 3-of-12 from the field during Game 2, but all of his makes came from downtown as he finished with 11 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, two assists, and one turnover in 26 minutes.

Love's usage rate in the postseason has increased slightly (25.0 percent vs. 23.7 percent), but he's also been a sieve defensively in the paint. Opponents are shooting 67.4 percent at the rim against Love during the playoffs, the fourth-highest mark among players who've defended at least 20 such shots. Those caveats weren't even on the radar tonight, however, as Cleveland held Atlanta to 42.3 percent shooting during a 25-point blowout.
May 4 - 10:39 PM

Kevin Love said his left shoulder is fine after Monday's Game 1 win against the Hawks.

Love hurt his "bad" shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him on Monday, but said he felt fine after the game. "Can't catch a break on that shoulder," Love said. "I'm fine. It was just one of those plays." Love scored 17 points to go with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers on Monday and shouldn't have any shoulder concerns for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Source: CBS Sports
May 3 - 11:03 AM

Kevin Love scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

He briefly hurt his right shoulder after Kent Bazemore jumped into him -- Love's "bad" shoulder is his left one. Love also turned his ankle in the last minute, but he looked to be fine after the game. Love has double-doubles in all five games in the playoffs and his defense hasn't been as bad as expected either.
May 2 - 10:16 PM

Kevin Love shot just 3-of-15 from the field on Sunday but he still finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Cavs advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Love was coming off an efficient 7-of-10 shooting performance and he double-doubled in all four games vs. Detroit. He added two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer tonight, without any turnovers in 35 minutes, and collected four of his boards on the offensive glass. Cleveland's star power enables them to win even when Love has an off-night, a luxury he must relish after six seasons as the Wolves' go-to guy.
Apr 24 - 11:32 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
3Mo Williams
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3James Jones
4Dahntay Jones
5Jordan McRae
SF1LeBron James
2Richard Jefferson
PF1Kevin Love
2Channing Frye
C1Tristan Thompson
2Timofey Mozgov
3Sasha Kaun