Kevin Love Already Exorcising Last Year’s Playoff Demons

April 17th, 2016 by Greg Swartz Leave a reply »

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love's first playoff experience in 2015 didn't even last four full games. Now, the Cleveland Cavaliers power forward is looking to make up for lost time.

In Game 1 of the Cavs' opening-round series against the Detroit Pistons, Love registered career postseason highs of 28 points and 13 rebounds en route to a 106-101 victory. And in a contest where the Big Three combined for 81 points, it was Love's impact on both ends that made the biggest difference.

"Between Kyrie [Irving] and myself, we've had a lot of conversations about our playoff run being cut short, so more than anything, we looked at this as an opportunity," Love said after the game.

This could potentially be a breakthrough for the oft-criticized power forward, whose fit with the team (and alongside LeBron James) has been questioned nearly from his introductory press conference.

When Love ran off the court hanging his limp, dislocated shoulder in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics last April, it was fair to wonder if he would even get this opportunity again, considering his free-agent status at the time. Irving suffered ...

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