Kevin Love's struggles continue again (Nov 22 12:00 ET )
Kevin Love struggled against the Wizards on Friday with eight points, eight boards, two assists, one steal, four turnovers and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.
The Scoop: He was horrible on both ends of the floor and the Wizards went at him on defense. Love is shooting below 39 percent from the field on the year and has scored just 12.6 points per game over his last five. Despite the awful start, he's still been a top-40 player before tonight, but his value has trended down in the past two weeks. It be a good idea to see if his owner is hitting the panic button.
Love was held to a season-low 10 points in a 92-90 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday.
The Scoop:The Cleveland forward missed eight of 12 shots and is shooting 38.9 percent in his first 10 games this season. He's averaging 16.7 points, his fewest since his second season in the league, 2009-10.
The Scoop:While Love's averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 three-pointers per game are still solid fantasy output, owners still aren't getting what they expected when they used a first-round pick on the big man. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said after the game. "I came here to win. We're going to figure it out. We're going to be OK." Fantasy owners shouldn't panic as Love has better days ahead of him, but expectations need to be tempered as he sacrifices touches to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Kevin Love hit just 4-of-12 shots and no 3-pointers on his way to 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Spurs.
The Scoop:Love's owners may have to be talked off a ledge after this one. He's had a fine season, but hasn't exactly been the superstar they were looking to draft in the first round of drafts. Love has now scores 14 or fewer points in four of his last seven games, has four games on the season with eight or fewer rebounds, and has finished three games without a 3-pointer, including tonight. He's averaging a respectable 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 3-pointers per game, but sometimes you don't get what you pay for.
A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : GQ and 48 Minutes of Hell . Bethlehem Shoals thinks about the destabilizing effect that the San Antonio Spurs' commitment to rest can have on other teams and the rest of the league, while Caleb Saenz argues that the Spurs fulfill their commitment to their peers while still doing everything "in service to [their] players and their followers." PF : Liberty Ballers . Jake Pavorsky on the Philadelphia 76ers' persistent problems with the pick-and-roll, one of many reasons why they were so fundamentally destroyed by the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] SF : Regressing . A smart and skeptical look at the sorts of economic estimate reports that make claims like LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers will give Cleveland a $500 million boost : "Any money spent by local residents at Cavs games is money not spent elsewhere in the local economy." SG : Mavs Outsider Report . Bobby Karalla takes a look under the hood of the Dallas Mavericks' league-leading offense and finds that Rick Carlisle's club is operating under a pretty simple framework when it comes to tempo and shot selection: "seven seconds or Dirk." (Seems like a good framework to me.) PG : Waiting for Next Year . Will Gibson on how Kevin Love creates contact and gets himself to the free throw line. 6th : SLC Dunk . Amar's got 10 reasons why, despite his slow start and early season shooting slump, Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke is going to be just fine. 7th : CBSSports.com . Zach Harper on how the Minnesota Timberwolves are focusing their development work with No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins. 8th : Mavs Moneyball . Kate Crawford on the unwelcome message the NBA's sending with its team apparel options for female fans: "Men are serious fans who need serious gear that looks like what the athletes wear, and women should worry more about how they look when they show up to the games." 9th : The Diss . Kevin Draper hears everything that Michele Roberts is saying and wonders what a players' union with an "actual leader" will really wind up looking like. 10th : USA TODAY Sports . Even the very best sixth men in the league tell Sam Amick that they don't really like being sixth men. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cavaliers say a postgame handshake between All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were miming imaginary mustaches and didn't include them pretending to smoke a marijuana joint.
The Scoop: None.
Nov 11 4:43 ET
News (various sources)
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