Leaning on LeBron; looking for Love
Aside from Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals – a 121-87 blowout loss to the Pacers – LeBron James has played 40-or-minutes in eight playoff games. He is averaging 34.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 9.0 assists, 1.0 block and 1.3 steals over 41.8 minutes, accounting for a substantial portion of the Cleveland production on both ends of the floor.
Additional contributions from Kevin Love have proven to be a recipe for success.
When Love has scored in double-figures this postseason, the Cavs are 4-1. When Love has recorded a double-double this postseason, the Cavs are 2-0. It may be a small sample size, but his offensive numbers are an integral part of the team’s pursuit of a fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.
The 29-year-old veteran and five-time All-Star suffered a partially torn ligament in his left thumb on April 19. Less than one month earlier, he busted his tooth and had concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow to the face. Love missed 21 games throughout the regular season due to a broken left hand.
If Love is healthy, scoring and rebounding, he makes the Wine and Gold a championship-caliber team.