Don’t Look Now, but Kevin Love Is Returning to All-Star Form

November 17th, 2016 by David Cassilo Leave a reply »

CLEVELAND — After a premature obituary was written for him in 1897, Mark Twain once famously said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

It might be time that Kevin Love brushes off that quote as well.

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward’s career was left for dead by many after a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves saw Love’s scoring average drop nearly 10 points per game and his rebounding average fall under 10 per game for the first time since his rookie season. He was the third option and reports of him leaving hung over his head like a rain cloud.

But a strong postseason, an NBA championship and a terrific start to 2016-17 have flipped the script. Now Love is averaging 21.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game; the only other player averaging 20-and-10 this season is Anthony Davis.

What's been the difference for Love? One theory is obvious.

“Any time you win a championship, you come back more comfortable,” Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said. “You feel like you’re on top of the mountain. All the confidence is there.”

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