The Cleveland Cavaliers held a fiery team meeting in the practice facility locker room prior to Monday’s practice, during which several players challenged the legitimacy of Kevin Love’s illness that led him to leave Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City early and miss Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN.
Several players were pushing for the Cavaliers’ management and coaching staff to hold Love accountable for leaving the arena before the end of Saturday’s game, and then missing Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN.
The meeting was loud and intense, only calming down once Love spoke to those gathered in the room and explained himself, league sources said.
It was super weird to see Kevin Love on the sideline with an ‘illness’ as the Oklahoma City Thunder put the Cleveland Cavaliers through the torture chamber on Saturday afternoon. I don’t want to throw around the word ‘pussy’ but I think if you’re in uniform and you don’t feel 100%, you should at least give it a go until halftime before you opt out of playing completely.
It’s unfair but Michael Jordan dropped 38 points against the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals with the flu. Drink some orange juice and sweat it out on the layup line, my guy. Have a Gatorade.
Kevin Love is averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds a game which is pretty much around his career averages. He is doing the same exact thing he’s been doing since he arrived in Cleveland. Hitting open 3’s. Grabbing offensive rebounds. Getting absolutely abused on defense. Wash. Lather. Repeat.
The Cavs do not have the depth necessary to withstand Love having a runny nose or whatever was causing him to sit out on Saturday. Cedi Osman shouldn’t be playing major minutes in a meaningful NBA game. Ever.
So is Kevin Love to blame for the Cleveland Cavaliers looking like they’ve never played basketball before?
Saying the Cavs stink because of Kevin Love is like blaming the Titanic sinking on like, a random violinist on the boat. The Cavs are obstensibly sinking and to point fingers at one random guy while everything is going wrong seems a tad, odd.
With the trade deadline looming, the Cavaliers need to make a move to improve this roster. There are rumors about DeAndre Jordan or possibly DeMarcus Cousins being the answer for Cleveland. But they are not cheap. The Cavs would most likely have to give up Love in the exchange.
Perhaps this team meeting is LeBron’s attempt to turn everyone against Kevin Love before he sneaks him away in a shipping crate in the middle of the night like Jaime Lannister sending Tyrion to Essos.
The Cleveland Cavaliers stink at basketball. Being mean to Kevin Love does not change that fact.
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