Love returns in win over Jazz, but 2 more Cavs injured

  • Love returns in win over Jazz, but 2 more Cavs injured

Love returns in win over Jazz, but 2 more Cavs injured

With Kevin Love's return, the Cleveland Cavaliers have one of their top performers back in uniform. "So I had to shoulder the scoring load a little bit, be a little bit more aggressive and I was able to do that". "The game's going so fast sometimes". "We expect that. Anytime you come off an injury, I think mentally it's going to take some time to know he can do some of the things he's capable of doing, timing-wise, conditioning-wise". "It's why he is who he is".

James said playing in the second unit with Williams has allowed him to set a lot of pick-and-rolls and slip to the rim, which helps his rebound total. Utah had a chance to cut into a three-point deficit right before that, but a Joe Johnson shot was off and then James and Smith made them pay and doubled the lead.

Rudy Gobert led Utah with 20 points and 18 rebounds. During the timespan in which Love was out of the lineup, however, the Cavs' defensive rating was 29th in the league, with the team giving up 112.5 points per 100 possessions. On most nights, that's an effort that translates into a win. "So we would go four rounds, basically four quarters, and we'd have teams of guys together, and we would just go 500 feet, 300 feet, 200 feet, etc. on the VersaClimber".

The Jazz managed to tie the game early in the third before LeBron James took over and put the Cavs back up by eight.

Therefore, it was incredible for them to receive such acclaim from the best player in the league as he clearly recognizes what a sound and talented group is developing in Utah.

It hurt that Hayward and George Hill both had off nights. Irving added 21 points, four assists and four rebounds, while Smith contributed 12 points, all of them coming on 3-pointers. "So we don't know exactly what we've got".

Kevin Love played for the first time since having surgery on his left knee last month, and scored 10 points in 19 minutes. "Tonight we did that". "That happens sometimes, and we have to work on it".

But earlier this year, a seemingly renewed Sanders announced that he was returning to the league and the Cavaliers, apparently, were the first team to seriously consider signing him.

"I'm disappointed. I just don't like how we lost", Snyder said, pointing out the absence of those two key players while also lamenting the lack of execution and mental precision. "I thought it was good for him". "We're in a bad place right now, losing games". He's been hovering right around 20 minutes in each game since he came back, but against the Jazz, he was able to play nearly 30 minutes.