On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers lost a nationally-televised matchup against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs 92-90, and Kevin Love only managed 10 points.
The All-Star forward admitted that he’s frustrated with the steep learning curve in the new offense, but maintains a confidence that things will eventually work themselves out for the star-studded Cavs (5-5).
Love is averaging 16.7 points a night, on just 38.9% shooting.
“It’s come to a point where I’m just trying to find myself in this offense,” Love said after his lowest scoring output this season. “It’s almost related to when you come into the league; usually the guys that dominate the ball so much tend to learn a lot quicker than a guy like myself, a big man. So, I’m just trying to find different spots in the offense.
“I’ll just say we’re 10 games in, we’re looking at different stuff. I need to find myself. I think everybody knew coming in that we’d have to sacrifice, but at some point we’re going to need some low-post scoring and some outside shooting.”
Love was sure to mention his part in allowing Boris Diaw (19 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds) and Tim Duncan (19 points, 10 rebounds) to go off, but his thoughts ultimately settled on his inconsistent role in the offense. […] “Both ends of the floor, I think I need to step up, but as far as getting into a rhythm, it’s been tough,” Love said.
Love may be unhappy with his offensive output, but he probably shouldn’t expect any sympathy from head coach David Blatt:
David Blatt on Kevin Love's frustrations: "Earlier in the season when he was scoring the ball better, it was the same offense"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) November 20, 2014