Carr: Kevin Love Is A Legit No. 2

Love averaged 25.0 points and 11.0 rebounds in his final three games against Toronto

Taz and the Moose
May 08, 2018 - 10:47 am

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After needing seven games to survive the Indiana Pacers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, many assumed, were in big trouble against Toronto.

They weren’t.

The Cavs beat the Raptors, 128-93, in Game 4 on Monday to complete the second-round sweep. Cleveland has now won 10 playoff games in a row against Toronto. 

LeBron James finished with 29 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds, two steals, and a block – and it was arguably his worst game of the series. He averaged 34.0 points, 11.3 assists, 8.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.0 block against the Raptors, who, after dropping Games 1 and 3 by a combined three points, lost Game 4 by 35.

Nothing James does surprises former Cavs great Austin Carr.

“No, I’ve watched him now since he first got to Cleveland, and I’m kind of used to it,” the Fox Sports Ohio Cavs analyst said on Taz & The Moose. “But I don’t take it for granted like most people do. They take it for granted and they don’t understand we’re watching history in the making. I just kind of understand what I'm seeing and enjoy it.”

While James was great, Kevin Love wasn’t bad either. He had a quiet Game 1 – seven points on 3-of-13 shooting – but averaged 25.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks over the final three games of the series.

“I think focusing on getting him started early in the game (is important),” Carr said. “I think (getting) a little bit of encouragement from his teammates, just making him understand how important he is to our team (helps). We were kind of floundering along there during the season, and when he came back, we went on a 9-1 stretch. He is very important to us. 

“Most people think that you need a 1-2-3 punch,” Carr continued. “Well, basically what we have is LeBron, Love, and the other guys have become our 3-punch. Because when they score like they’re doing now – the last three or four games, five guys in double figures – then we are a tough team to handle.”

The Cavs will face the Celtics or 76ers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Boston leads Philadelphia 3-1 heading into Game 5 on Wednesday.