Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
4 weeks ago

Love inked a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavaliers on Tuesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

With the departure of LeBron James from Cleveland, Love's future with the Cavaliers was cloudy, as it was unclear if management would opt for a rebuild or try to remain competitive. However, in signing Love to a significant extension, it's clear the organization is looking to remain in the playoff picture for 2018-19 and beyond. Despite missing time due to injuries, Love has made the All-Star game each of the past two seasons, averaging 18.3 points and 10.2 rebounds while shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from deep. From a fantasy perspective, Love becoming the clear No. 1 option in Cleveland boosts his value significantly, and it's possible that we see flashes of the type of play that led him to break out in Minnesota.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 months ago

Love finished with just 13 points (4-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes during Friday's 108-85 loss in Game Four of the NBA Finals against the Warriors.

EDGE Analysis

Love saved his worst game of the Finals for last as the Cavaliers fell in comprehensive fashion to the Warriors. Love had himself a strong finals showing prior to this game and should head into next season with a lot of confidence. LeBron James may or may not be back in Cleveland and if he does indeed decide to take his talents elsewhere, Love could find himself thrust into the role of alpha on what could be a lottery team. He has played this role before with great success and could be in line for a fantasy leap if this is the case. Stay tuned.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
2 months ago

Love finished with 20 points (6-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 31 minutes during Cleveland's 110-102 loss to the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

For the third time in as many games to open the series, Love served as a pivotal source of complementary production alongside the superlative efforts of LeBron James. However, as has been the case on each of those occasions, his efforts ultimately fell short of helping the Cavaliers accomplish a victory. Love has encouragingly been much more consistent with his shot than during the conference finals versus the Celtics, when he ultimately drained just 37.5 percent of his attempts. The veteran forward has pushed that figure to 43.1 percent against the Warriors, but he'll likely need to be even better for Cleveland to salvage its season in Friday's Game 4.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 months ago

Love delivered 22 points (7-18 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block across 35 minutes during Cleveland's 122-103 loss to the Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Love was an effective complementary presence alongside LeBron James, but neither star's effort was enough to get the Cavaliers on the board in the series. The 29-year-old has exceeded the 20-point mark in each of the first two games against the Warriors, although his shooting took a downturn Sunday. Love has especially struggled from distance over the first pair of contests, going just 4-for-16 from behind the arc. He'll look to continue his strong work on the boards while upping his scoring contributions when the Cavaliers attempt to cut their series deficit in half during Wednesday's Game 3.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 months ago

Love will not be suspended for leaving the bench area during the final seconds of Thursday's Game 1 against Golden State, Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

The closing seconds of Game 1 featured an altercation between Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson after Thompson fouled Shaun Livingston for taking a jumper, rather than letting the shot clock run out and concede a turnover. League officials determined that Love stepped onto the court to contest the initial foul, but moved back to the bench once the altercation between Green and Thompson took place.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 months ago

Love (concussion) will start alongside Tristan Thompson for Thursday's Game 1 against the Warriors and will not be on a minutes restriction, Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

This news isn't anything unexpected, but it had not been previously confirmed. Love suffered a concussion five minutes into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, preventing him from playing in Game 7. He had enough time to pass through protocol, however. Since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the big man has averaged 18.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from deep.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 months ago

Love (concussion) has been cleared to play in Game 1 of the Finals against the Warriors on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Love suffered a concussion in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Celtics, which ultimately kept him out of the following contest as well. However, after going through a controlled practice Thursday, Love has officially graduated from the league's concussion protocol and has now been given the go ahead to take the court. Coach Ty Lue previously stated that if Love ultimately played, he would immediately jump back into the starting five, so look for the 6-foot-10 big man to reclaim a spot in the top unit. That should send Jeff Green back to the bench, while Larry Nance is also a candidate to see less time on the floor. As of now, the Cavaliers aren't reporting any sort of restrictions on Love's playing time.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 months ago

The Cavaliers are listing Love (concussion) as questionable Thursday for Game 1 of their NBA Finals series with the Warriors.

EDGE Analysis

There hasn't been any word that Love has been removed from the NBA's concussion protocol, but the questionable designation implies that the big man will likely be subject to some additional tests Thursday before the Cavaliers officially rule him in or out for the series opener. According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, head coach Tyronn Lue said that Love would start if he clears the protocol in time for Game 1, in which case Jeff Green would presumably head back to the bench. Love, who suffered the head injury five minutes into Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals series against the Celtics, ranks second on the Cavs in scoring this postseason with an average of 13.9 points per game.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 months ago

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said Tuesday that Love remains in the concussion protocol and is uncertain to be available for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday against the Warriors, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Cavaliers will presumably wait until early Thursday to see if Love can pass through all phases of the protocol and suit up for the series opener, but at this time, it appears likely the 29-year-old will miss his third consecutive contest. While Love was unavailable for Game 7 of the Cavaliers' Eastern Conference finals series against the Celtics, Jeff Green entered the starting five and came up big with 19 points (7-14 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one block and no turnovers in 42 minutes.

Kevin Love
PF/C CLE
3 months ago

Love (concussion) is out for Sunday's Game 7 against Boston, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Love was placed in concussion protocol early Saturday afternoon, with team doctors quickly shutting down any hope that he would be available for Game 7. Love played in Friday's Game 6 victory for just five minutes before hitting heads with Jayson Tatum, forcing him out of the contest. As a result, LeBron James ended up playing all but two minutes of the contest, dropping 46 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block. Off the bench, Jeff Green saw 31 minutes, posting 14 points, three rebounds, two assists and two blocks. Larry Nance played 22 minutes, registering 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. If Cleveland can pull out a victory Sunday, Love's next chance to take the floor would arrive Thursday, during Game 1 of the NBA Finals.