Only a handful of games into his Cleveland Cavaliers career and the frustrations already seem to be mounting for Kevin Love.
According to Ohio.com, Love is publicly trying to stay upbeat but behind the scenes is agitated by the slowest start of his seven year NBA career. Through the Cavs’ 5-5 start, he is shooting just .389 percent, the second lowest percentage of his career. The only time he shot at a lower clip was in 2012-13, when he suffered a broken hand that limited him to just 18 games.
“I haven’t said much,” said Love following the Cavs 92-90 home loss to San Antonio Wednesday night. “I’m just trying to be part of this team as best I can… Both ends of the floor I need to step up. But as far as getting into a rhythm offensively, it’s been tough.”
In Minnesota last season, nearly one-fourth of all Love’s shots were 3-pointers and 37 percent were within 8 feet of the rim. Playing with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving this season, Love has seen those numbers flip to 42 percent of his shots being 3-pointers and 44 percent of them being within 8 feet.
The 6-10, 240 pound Love went on record earlier this season in admitting ideally “he likes to get going with a couple of inside looks before moving outside.”
On Wednesday a clearly perplexed Love added “I’m just trying to find myself in this offense, almost relate it to when you come into the league. “Usually guys who dominate the ball so much tend to learn a lot quicker than a guy like myself, a big man. I’m just trying to find different spots in the offense. I’m not worried about it. I’m not mad and I don’t feel any sort of grudge or anything like that. I just want to help this team. I came here to win and we’re going to figure it out. We’re going to be OK. It’s still early.”[Photo Credit: Keith Allison]