Pressure Is on David Blatt to Find the Right Role for Kevin Love

April 21st, 2015 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Kevin Love's postseason career is off to a 2-0 start after the Cleveland Cavaliers downed the Boston Celtics, 99-91, in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Tuesday night, but his play is still leaving plenty to be desired. 

In 30 minutes, Love scored 13 points on 3-of-8 shooting—including 1-of-5 from three and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. The bulk of the scoring came from LeBron James (30 points) and Kyrie Irving (26 points) for the second straight contest, as the two combined to score Cleveland's final 28 points.

But Love's uninspiring totals weren't the product of passivity. Rather, they were indicative of systemic shortcomings that have forced him into an uncomfortable niche within head coach David Blatt's offense. 

While James and Irving have rightfully assumed perches atop Cleveland's scoring hierarchy, Love has largely been relegated to the role of spot-up three-point shooter. 

During the regular season, the three-time All-Star attempted a career-high 41.2 percent of his total shots from beyond the arc, with a career-low 21.6 percent coming within ...

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