With Playoff Outburst, Tyronn Lue Sees Kevin Love As Top 10 Player
The Cleveland Cavaliers are rolling and so is Kevin Love. Eight wins in as many games along with 18.9 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists on 44.4% shooting from long distance. That is the Love whom everyone expected when the Cavs traded away their future cornerstone in Andrew Wiggins.
No more questions about fitting in. No more comments about being lost. No more news about chemistry issues. The Big Three has finally found its right mix. Kyrie Irving is in attack mode. LeBron James is the facilitator elite. Kevin Love stretching the floor like no other big man in the Eastern Conference.
Much of the success that the Cavs are enjoying right now has something to do with the resurgence of Love who is now providing that extra gear for this team. And coach Tyronn Lue is very high on his prized power forward right now that he sees him as among the NBA’s best, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Yes, the one we all hoped we’d see. Kevin is a great player, I believe a top 10 player in this league and he knows it. When you have a team with three All-Stars, sometimes you don’t get to play the role you’re capable of playing. That’s what’s been hurting Kevin over this last year and a half, but now we’re using him the right way, he’s comfortable and things are great.
That “top 10” label may be very much debatable with the current level of talent around the league. But it’s hard to blame Lue for being so hyped up on the production of Kevin Love because he easily makes the Cavs team a whole lot better.
As good as he is playing right now, one can still consider Love as being limited by design because Cleveland has a specific role for him. He’ll no longer average 26 points and 14 rebounds, but he is bound to take his team team to heights that he would not have reached even if he had 30 points and 16 rebound per night with his old team.