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Kevin Love made NBA playoff history Monday night

Kevin Love Cavs Cavaliers Pacers
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Throughout his three-year tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers, All-Star power forward Kevin Love has continuously been in made-up trade discussions and criticized for his play at times. Every time he has a bad game, which is a rarity, some wine and gold fans and fans across the NBA continually re-converse about the trade that sent Love to Cleveland for then-rookie Andrew Wiggins, a conversation that should have stopped before it even started, but who am I to say. While No. 0 helped bring Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964, he still faced plenty of skeptics throughout this season.

While the Cavs took a 2-0 series lead over the Indiana Pacers Monday night, Love quietly had arguably his most efficient game in his career, and one of the most efficient games in NBA playoff history. While notching 27 points and making 6-of-7 from the field, 3-of-4 from long distance, and  a perfect 12-of-12 from the free-throw line, the 28-year-old was the first player in playoff history to notch at least 27 points on seven or fewer shots. Oh, and don’t forget, he also grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out three assists and had one block as well. Impressive, huh?

Ten of his points came when he scored them in consecutive fashion for the Cavaliers in the third quarter.

After having his best regular season with the wine and gold, averaging 19 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists per game while being the team’s third option, Love has adapted well to his role, and he proved that even more while making NBA history Monday night.

No. 0 may not be able to be this efficient again, but if he plays somewhat like he did in Game 2 the rest of the postseason, there’s a very good chance the Cavs will make their third Finals appearance in as many seasons.

While it’s not likely, maybe a game like Monday night will slowly begin to silence the ones who have continuously doubted Love and the others who still, to this day, believe that Wiggins would have been better for the Cavaliers.

Here’s your friendly reminder that while Love is busy playing in his third-consecutive postseason, Wiggins has yet to play in a single playoff game since coming to the league prior to the 2014 season.

  • Pat Leonard

    There was a 5-minute stretch where Kevin Love was absolutely dominant and couldn’t be stopped. That was so fun to watch.

  • RGB

    Wiggins hasn’t played with LBJ, either.
    Just sayin.

  • Natedawg86

    We could have both right now.

  • Garry_Owen

    “the 28-year-old was the first player in playoff history to notch at least 27 points on seven or fewer shots”

    “Fewer.” Thank you.

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  • JM85

    Frustrating Stephenson made it even more fun.

  • humboldt

    They captured a title with Love and have, de facto, already won the trade. Am hoping Minnesota also eventually wins the trade as well, since that type of reciprocity strengthens the league in general.

  • humboldt

    I can’t imagine the Cavs were contemplating having Stephenson and JR on the same roster. Yikes, glad they passed on that

  • NankirPhelge

    Yes, a thousand times!

    Now if we can just get folks to use “only” correctly.

  • NankirPhelge

    Kelly Olynyck is thinking, “Not in my house.”

    BTW, fans can minimize and rationalize these fourth-quarter swoons all they want, but I can’t, and I’m sure David Griffin isn’t. If the Cavs can’t put somebody away in the first round in their own arena, then I see much trouble ahead.

  • RGB

    Literally.

  • Greg Popelka

    Lue on the hot seat? I’m not seeing that at all. Griffin himself talks about how they seem to like to get their backs up against the wall.

    But you got me wondering- who would be on a short list of replacement coaches for this team?

  • NankirPhelge

    I didn’t say he’s on the hot seat now. But if this lack of intensity continues and we go out before the Finals, meetings will be held. Griffin cannot allow this to continue.

  • Chris
  • MC Thomas

    K-Love is a beast when he is active on the glass and wants the ball down low.

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  • tsm

    We need to keep him involved in the game in the 2nd half, and not just on the perimeter. I agree that we need him down on the block when he has the advantage. He is also a great passer, and can kick out for 3 pointers if he gets double teamed. He is underrated by many, and the Wiggins trade was great for us.

  • MC Thomas

    Wiggins trade was a rare win-win for both teams involved. Wiggins will never be a superstar nor will Love but both are very good players in their own right. For Cleveland to win against GS they must slow the game down and post up LBJ and Love- Love killed Draymond(obviously Green was young) when Love was with Minny as he got the ball often in the post unlike now.

  • Jaker

    Watching Lance lose it on defense during that stretch was so satisfying