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A putback dunk goes a long way as the Cavs topple Pistons; three takeaways

3. Kevin Love’s shooting

Since Isaiah Thomas came in to the Cavs rotation, Kevin Love’s shot attempts per game have dropped from 13.9 to 9.2. On Sunday night, however, without Love’s shooting the team may not have prevailed.

Love went 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from the field and ended with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Without his shooting, in the first half in particular, the Pistons would have had a better chance at opening up their six-point lead a bit more.

Over his three years in Cleveland, Love has often been an underappreciated offensive asset. Tonight’s performance showed why that shouldn’t be the case.

Kevin Love’s shotchart against Detroit

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Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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