After an impressive start to the 2022-23 season, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love recently made a bold statement about the strong chemistry the team already possesses.
Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor looked at the Cavaliers’ 7-1 start to the season and offered Love insight into why the team has started the season so well.
“We have a rare level of togetherness,” Love told Cleveland.com. “No team is more together than we are. That’s what makes us thrive and that’s become part of our identity and part of our culture. I don’t feel like anyone in this locker room is mad about the next guy who gets minutes, get more shots, get this or that. We all work to earn what we get and what we have. There’s a lot of love and respect in this room. A sense of professionalism here too.”
The most recent addition to the victory column for the Cavaliers came on Friday night, when they defeated the Detroit Pistons in a 112-88 win. The Cavs took over the game in the second quarter and maintained a comfortable lead for the rest of the game.
One of the most impressive aspects of the Cavs’ victory over the rebuilt Pistons is that it was accomplished without the services of guards Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland. Both suffered injuries on Wednesday in the Cavaliers’ victory over the Boston Celtics.
Mitchell and Garland’s injuries are not considered serious. Garland returned to court in that game against the Celtics after sitting out many games due to an eye injury sustained in the team’s October 19 season opener.
New role for love
The Cavaliers’ ability to persevere through that absence explains why Love is so enthusiastic about the team. The 34-year veteran is in the final year of his four-year contract and is being used as an asset next to the bench.
In his 23 minutes against the Pistons, Love racked up a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while also adding a blocked shot. He connected with 7-of-10 of his shots from the field and went 4-of-7 from beyond the arc.
For Love this could be his last season with the Cavaliers. The Cavs may try to re-sign him after the season, but certainly at a price not close to the four-year $120 million deal he is closing.
During his time with the Cavaliers, Love has seen the best and the worst the game has to offer. During each of Love’s first four seasons with the team, the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals and captured the 2016 NBA title.
However, after the departure of LeBron James, the team entered a rebuilding period and Love faced a series of injuries. During that time, Love became a prominent advocate for mental health awareness after dealing with a variety of personal issues.
The next game for the Cavaliers is a Sunday afternoon game against James and the Los Angeles Lakers.