“I know we haven’t played our best basketball lately, but there’s good energy around the team, and wanting to get back, that’s why I talk about the adrenaline I feel”.
But hey, things could be worse. He was going to sit on the bench Tuesday and Thursday for Cleveland’s home games in uniform, Lue said, because Sanders didn’t have a suit jacket with him.
And LeBron James again reminded everyone why it’s good to be king – or for the Cavaliers and their fans, to have a king.
Tobias Harris led Detroit with 17 points. Well, a lot of them did. That good news was offset in the fourth quarter, however, when it was announced that Kyrie Irving had stiffness in his left knee and Iman Shumpert had a sprained shoulder. Then Kyrie Irving bailed with tightness in his knee.
“He wanted to go down to the D-League for a while to kind of get his legs and play and try to find a rhythm”, Cavs coach Ty Lue said.
Love underwent arthroscopic surgery February 14 to remove a loose body from his left knee and he was expected to be out six weeks. Basically, there were things floating in there that shouldn’t have been. Even though they get to the line, they don’t often convert.
For a team that needed to bounce back from a disappointing week of road losses, the Cavs seemed to come in with focus and motivation from the start.
Now in his third season with Cleveland, Love averaged 20.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 0.9 steals over 31.9 minutes of play in 46 games. That’s his shot.”Lue said after the game that he has been talking to Shumpert recently, reminding him to take open shots.He worked on his jumper all off-season, troubled and disrespected by the Warriors’ defensive game plan in the Finals”.
Cleveland is coming off a 128-96 win over the Pistons earlier this week, but the Cavs are just 2-4 in their last six games to fall to 44-22 on the season.
How did they do it?
“You gotta listen to the docs, especially when we’re a team that’s looking to go very far, go all the way and has championship aspirations”, Love said. Gordon Hayward added 13 markers, while Joe Ingles and Johnson scored 12 apiece. “Obviously we wish we can be whole, but it’s out of our hands right now”. In all, seven players reached double figures in scoring, led by Kyrie Irving’s 26.”Just executing at a high level offensively”, Irving said.
Love caused a stir when he posted a picture on social media of his jersey in his locker before the game.
With Derrick Williams out with a back contusion and Kyle Korver still out with tendonitis in his foot, along with Kevin Love being on a minutes restriction, the Cavaliers suddenly found themselves extremely shorthanded in the fourth quarter.