Kevin Love Reminds Cavaliers How Important He Is to Cleveland’s Title Hopes

May 25th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Until the Cleveland Cavaliers' 116-78 shellacking of the Toronto Raptors in Game 5, The Eastern Conference Finals hadn't been particularly kind to Kevin Love. 

He was useful during the two series-opening victories, though his combined 33 points didn't shine too brightly, falling on the backburners as the Cavs steamrolled their way to 10 straight playoff wins. But when the contests shifted to the Air Canada Centre, he all but disappeared. 

In Game 3, Love recorded just three points, four rebounds and two assists while shooting 1-of-9 from the field. He followed that up with another stinker—10 points and seven rebounds on a 4-of-14 showing—and couldn't even get on the court during the fourth quarter. Again. 

"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," Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue said after the game, per's Chris Fedor. "Channing [Frye] gave us a great lift off the bench, and we just rolled with it."

To be fair, Love had slightly injured his knee after tripping over a refer ...

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