After suffering a 103-84 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt said something very interesting about power forward Kevin Love. Blake Ellington from Sactown Royalty has the scoop:
Reporter: “Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love they are two max players, they’re here.” Blatt responds quickly: “Kevin’s not a max player yet.”
— Blake Ellington (@BlakeEllington) January 12, 2015
Blatt’s assessment is incorrect, as Love signed a four-year contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012 that was worth more than $60 million, AKA the maximum salary allowed. Love didn’t get the five-year deal that most stars covet as the Timberwolves were foolish with his contract situation, electing to save the extra year for point guard Ricky Rubio, but that’s insignificant now.
What does matter is that the Cavaliers are reeling. They lost their 5th straight game on Sunday, they’ve dropped nine of their last 11 and they have a record of 19-19, which is good enough for 6th in the Eastern Conference. LeBron James has been sidelined for the last week with an aching knee and back, but a return is on the horizon. James may play on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns or Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers. For Cleveland and Blatt, a heavy dose of James may be just what the doctor ordered as they are currently on a five-game Western Conference road trip.