After a convincing win in game three in the 2016 NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors. The question still lingers with the Cleveland Cavaliers, are they better with or without Kevin Love? Kevin got the medical clearance from a concussion protocol which he suffered in game two. But in the dying minutes of game 4, Love with a towel draped on his head had to watched the action on the bench as Tyronn Lue opted to use Channing Frye. This has been the sad story of Love… Cleveland gave up the super talented Andrew Wiggins for him, gave him a multi-million contract for five years and yet for all the money and expectations. The Cavaliers are in a familiar situation again – They are slowly losing grasp of the championship and Kevin Love is part of that equation.
Cleveland had run out of excuses, from Lebron James playing John Rambo last season, from David Blatt’s firing, and now with a healthy core, its Kevin Love’s turn. Three summers ago, Golden State could have dealt Klay Thompson for Kevin Love but Jerry West threatened to resign if they push through. One NBA championship after and another looming with one game away. It was the best decision the Warriors made so far. We cannot really say if that was the case with Cleveland if they stayed with Andrew Wiggins but for each failed season, each failed final series, the “what ifs” came to resurface.
3-1 deficit, 33 teams tried to comeback and not one has been successful in the NBA finals. Now the Cavaliers are trying to make history, trying to push one game at a time, and for Kevin Love another chance for redemption. It’s hard to be a scapegoat and all fingers pointed at you, when there are also lapses around the organization. For Kyrie Irving’s too much dribbling and isolation, for coach Lue who played his starters bigger minutes and came out gassed up in the fourth and for Lebron James that despite scoring almost a triple-double (25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists) he wasn’t really assertive in the game until it was too late.
Somehow, Kevin Love has been the odd fit to the Cavaliers franchise. Too much expectations with too much drama. His relationship with James and Cleveland might end soon. On the brink of a monumental game four upset, Kevin draped on a towel watched his team slipped away with a barrage of three-pointers. After coach Lue put his trust on Channing Frye instead of him.
No team has ever comeback from a 3-1 deficit, that is close to impossible and that is probably the statistics will see Kevin Love next season.
No love lost, No love found.