The Cavs blew out the Warriors by 30 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. They did it without Kevin Love, who was held out of the game pursuant to the NBA concussion protocol. The national media think tank is unanimous in its thinking that the Cavs are better without him. Cavs’ team doctors may force him to pass the bar exam before allowing him to return from the concussion.
Kevin Love was on the court during the open practice portion today. The Cavs say he is “still working his way through the protocol process”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 9, 2016
Today in The Herd, Colin said the public reaction that the Cavs are better without Love is predictable, and completely ridiculous.
“So this morning, you’re telling me, ‘We gotta play Richard Jefferson. Forget Kevin Love. A 6’10’’ guy who can hit threes, can rebound. Over 100 games, Kevin Love is a really really good basketball player.
Don’t fall for ‘you don’t need him’, because last night the Cavs played out of their minds. Everybody shot well. Steph disappeared. Klay disappeared. Draymond disappeared. In a Game 3 where one team had to win, and the other team looked like they woke up 45 minutes before tip-off.”
Adrian Wojnarowski, editor of The Vertical, told Colin that Cleveland Head Coach Ty Lue was non-committal after the game last night when he asked him about Love’s role if he’s cleared.
“I asked Ty Lue last night, after he walked out of the press conference. I gave him a chance to commit to – if Kevin was healthy and passes the concussion protocol, and was ready to play in Game 4, about what his role is gonna be, and getting the starting job back from Richard Jefferson. Ty Lue wasn’t ready to commit to that.”
Backups are always beloved when the team has a great night like the Cavs did in Game 3. They were better on defense. They rode the emotional wave of the home crowd. It was great for one night, but maintaining that plateau isn’t realistic.
“’Trade Kevin Love. Nobody needs Kevin Love. Kevin Love’s terrible.’ Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Whoa. Stop with the Kevin Love’s no good stuff. Everybody loves the substitute teacher, because it’s not her class or his class. He doesn’t have the responsibility. He comes in, cracks a few jokes, everybody loves the substitute teacher”
The reality with Love is that he’s been a career 20 point, 10 rebound guy. He’s the only power forward to register 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 3’s in a single season in NBA history.
Love does have flaws. He is a defensive liability. But the idea that Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson should replace Love if he’s cleared to play is just “hammered guy at the bar” talk.