After Wednesday nights 120-90 annihilation to the Golden State Warriors, the question has been rightfully raised.. Are the Cavaliers better off without Kevin Love?
Love was ruled out for game 3 after suffering concussion from a Harrison Barnes elbow. There was much speculation heading into game 3 on how Tyronn Lue would structure his rotation and more to how the Cavaliers would cope without their star forward... Well let's face it, they couldn't really do much worse than games 1 & 2.
The decision was made to start Richard Jefferson at small forward with Lebron James moving to power forward. It was a fair roll of the dice but right from the opening tip this line-up seemed to be a eye opening revelation for the wine and gold. Fast flowing basketball, with no real defensive liabilities. They had Lebron and Kyrie as their superstars with Smith, Jefferson and Thompson executing their roles perfetcly. It seemed like an unorthodox formula that could somehow prevail against this historically good Warriors team.
As game 4 approaches it is still unclear as to what capacity Tyrone Lou will use Kevin Love, however you would have to assume he will stick with the winning concoction, keeping with the same starting lineup and injecting some much need offence into the second unit introducing Love off the bench!? It could be genius. Similar to how Steve Kerr played Cleveland in the 2015 finals, switching Bogurt with Iggy and playing Cavs small, which inevitably closed the door on that series as Cleveland just couldn't keep up with the tempo.
Ultimately Loves future as a Cavalier hinges on how this series plays out. If the Cavs lose to this GSW team for a second straight year, changes to their roster are a certainty. This version of Lebron James has an expiry date and everyone knows it. Lebron knows it, Dan Gilbert and David Griffin know it, as does the whole fucking city of Cleveland. Big 3's won't/don't work anymore, and it is more evident now than ever, this is a team sport. Trading Kevin Love for good spare parts is what Cleveland really need at this point. Solid two-way players that can play their role ie. Trade Love to Boston for the likes of Jae Crowder and Avery Bradly (Which is my red hot prediction). Unless of course Cleveland are the 2016 Champions and Lebron, Love and Kyrie live happily ever after...?