The Cavaliers may have lost to the Hawks, but the night continued Kevin Love’s remarkable resurgence as an NBA difference-maker.
Without Darius Garland, Ricky Rubio and Collin Sexton, the Cavaliers are seriously lacking in play and scoring.
Love is more than filling the void, scoring 35 points in the shot 10 to 18 from the floor, including 7 to 14 from long range. As usual, the old man has been productive elsewhere in terms of points, adding 11 pounds and four assists along with a scoring record in total that leaves the Cavaliers in contention for the record books. .
Tonight, @kevinlove ending with…
35 PTS (his most since 11/28/17)
30 MINUTES on the bench
– Cavs Notes (@CavsNotes) January 1, 2022
35 points was Love’s highest scoring game in more than four seasons, as of November 28, 2017. On that night, Love dropped 38 points in a big win over the Miami Heat. Starting with Love that night was LeBron James, with a certain famous veteran Dwyane Wade coming on from the bench.
Tonight’s outburst is the continuation of a strong season for Love, who was forced to join the talk Friday Man of the Year in one of the hardest personal accolades to win in the signings. recent memory.
Averaging 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the season, Love finds herself close top of the charts in several categories when it comes to players coming off the bench in 2021.
In December, for players who had played at least 10 games, Love was first in scoring (15.7 per game), third in recovery (6.8 per game) and first in score 3 points (40).
Turning into an award mostly won by scoring bodyguards, Love will join Montrezl Harrell (2020) as the only major man to win the award in the past decade.
While much of the attention surrounding the Cavaliers’ early-season success has centered on big boys duo Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley, Love’s continued emergence from the bench has been a major motivator. Especially so, given the question marks over the past few seasons about Love’s desire to stay with the franchise.
Now 20-16 into the season, Cleveland will face some real adversity with Rubio and Sexton on the shelves for the season, but they’re still well positioned to return post-season in one of the stories. feel good season.
Whether Kevin Love will win a sixth Man of the Year is yet to be determined, but he will get the chance to play a major role in another Cavaliers run after the season.
Who saw that coming?