a blog by La Kifo
A lot of people (ESPN), now that the NBA Finals are over and the parade is finished, have begun to talk about the future of the Cavaliers. Some key pieces might be on the move this off season due to a rise in the salary cap and some other factors.
ESPN/First Take has had a myriad of ideas as to where the Cavaliers should go from here. That is not what I am here to talk about. These "expert analysts" came to a trade proposal that would ship Kevin Love out of Cleveland. Think about it for a minute, where do you think ESPN wants to send Kevin Love?
Here is the trade proposed by ESPNs First Take:
Kevin Love - Cavs
Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley, #3 Overall Pick - Celtics
Great idea guys. Let's just trade away our two best defensive players and the ability to draft another defensive player for the worst defending big man since Al Jefferson. But wait guys, apparantely this is what we need. Fuck defense, we'll feed K. Love in the post, the elbow, and the corner, it's not like teams can beat K. Love when he's shooting 20 shots a night. Also the guys a "superstar" and if you read ESPN like it's the holy Koran then you know that all a team needs is a LeBron or Steph Curry superstar to win.
Personally I say kill me before we do anything even remotely close to that. I do not want Kevin Love period. I don't care if all we have to give away is the 16th pick. Not only does Kevin Love blow, his style of play is the complete opposite of what the Celtics should be looking for. Kevin Love is softer than the adult diaper I am wearing right now.
Love had an awful NBA Finals. You could say, it was one of the worst Finals performances of all time. Look at his stat line.
26.33 minutes, 8.5 ppg, 3 Field goals made, 8 Field goals attempted, Less than 1 3pt made, 3.17 3pt attempted, 1 Offensive Rebound, 7 Total rebounds, 12-17 FT 70.59%.
Sorry if those are somewhat confusing, but those are per game averages from the 6 games he did play in, EXCEPT for the Free Throw numbers 12-17 was his total makes and attempts from the line in this series. The almost 9 points per game are skewed because he put up 17 in Game one, he would go on to break double digits in points only one more time in the series. Are you starting to see the light? If you watched all 7 games of the finals, you might have noticed the atrocity that is Kevin Loves defense. He can't guard anyone, making him an absolute liability 50% of the time he's on the court.
Don't get it twisted, I see both sides of this argument. It's just that the side which happens to no be mine is totally wrong. They might be saying something to the effect of, "Well your just looking at one series of 7 games. Love was good up until that point and he was good in the regular season. He can score and rebound, that is what the Celtics need". Wrong, you are just wrong if you think that way. Yes the Celtics need rebounding and scoring. But the Celtics didn't/don't need regular season help. They went 48-34 during the regular season. What they need is someone who is a reliable offensive threat IN THE PLAYOFFS. Also, let me remind you that Kevin Love was playing against a team in the Finals that doesn't have depth when it comes to big men. Love should have had a decent match up going into the series.
The Cavs won the Finals despite having Kevin Love on their roster, not because. Making a trade for him could ruin everything the Celtics have done for the past couple "rebuild" years.
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