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NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Bench Kevin Love For Finals; LeBron James, Kyrie Irving Opt For Tristan Thompson To Start

( [email protected] ) Jun 01, 2016 10:07 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on their way to claim their second chance at beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. With the historic win of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green over Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the LeBron James squad clearly have to up their game if they plan to go home with the championship trophy this NBA season. Given their shaky games against the Toronto Raptors of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, fans feel that the best way to win is to bench Kevin Love.
May 25, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) grabs a rebound against Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo (8) in the second quarter in game five of the Eastern conference finals of the NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers are on their way to claim their second chance at beating the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. With the historic win of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green over Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, the LeBron James squad clearly have to up their game if they plan to go home with the championship trophy this NBA season. Given their shaky games against the Toronto Raptors of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, fans feel that the best way to win is to bench Kevin Love.

The former Minnesota Timberwolves star, who shone in the Kevin Garnet squad way before Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns took over, is considered a liability by the Cleveland Cavaliers at times. The injuries of Doctor Love, who almost signed with the Boston Celtics in the past, have made him a high risk for the Kyrie Irving squad - one they cannot afford to deal with in the Finals against the Golden State Warriors. With this in mind, should the Cleveland Cavaliers just start Tristan Thompson instead of gambling the games with Love?

In the 2014-15 NBA season, the Cleveland Cavaliers relied heavily on Thompson due to the injuries of Love. This proved to be the breakout season of the Canadian star - one that landed him a massive lucrative contract with the LeBron James team. Will the worth of his contract be finally put to test in the NBA Finals? Should the Cleveland Cavaliers now get their money's worth from Thompson? Is he a better starter than the problematic Kevin Love?

The answer appears to be in the negative. According to Tyronn Lue, one of the turning points of the Cleveland Cavaliers' games especially during the NBA playoffs 2016 was the meeting with the Big Three. That is, the management and staff had to get together to make sure that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are on the same page. Given their astounding performance against the Toronto Raptors, it looks like all three understood the importance of this NBA season.

"We had a chance to sit down and talk," shared Lue. The Cleveland Cavaliers head coach added, "I just think the Big Three sitting down and getting on the same page of understanding what they need from each other on a nightly basis and understanding that they have to trust each other and also trust the team. We had that talk in front of everyone and everyone kind of gave their opinion and kind of talked about what they expected and what we needed to do better. From that day on, we kind of took off and we became a better team."

Meanwhile, LeBron James is shrugging off the betting odds against the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to King James, the predictions which favor the Golden State Warriors winning the title once again. The former Miami Heat star, albeit respectful of the talent of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, shared his confidence over his team's skills.

"Not my concern," said James of the predictions stacking up against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He added, "I don't get involved in all of that -- underdog, overdog, whatever the case may be. It's stupidity."


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