Report: Kevin Love to Come off the Bench in Game 4 of NBA Finals

by June 10, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to have Kevin Love back in the lineup tonight for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and the star forward will reportedly come off the bench.

Love, 27, sat out the Cavs’ 120-90 Game 3 beatdown of the Golden State Warriors with a concussion.

The three-time All-Star last came off the pine on April 14, 2010.

Per the Akron Beacon Journal:

When asked generally about how he handles lineup changes, (Tyronn) Lue said it’s important to be honest. […] “They might not like it at the time, but I’ve always learned in this business if you tell the truth, guys understand and they know what the truth is,” Lue said. “They might be mad for a second, but they can always get back to understanding and realize that’s the right thing. And if you tell the truth, guys can respect that.”


The Cavs beat the Warriors 120-90 in Game 3 Wednesday for their first win in this series while Love sat. Lue inserted Richard Jefferson into the starting lineup, moved LeBron James to power forward and the Cavs flourished with their best game of the series. […] The Cavs have privately been concerned for months how Love matches up defensively against the Warriors, with one team executive offering during the regular season that Love may have to become the Cavs’ version of David Lee — the high-priced, high-scoring forward who came off the bench last year to help spark the Warriors to a championship.


The Warriors shot 42 percent in Game 3 when both Klay Thompson and Steph Curry struggled to find a rhythm and James neutralized Draymond Green. The always outspoken Green said he didn’t see any difference with James at power forward instead of Love.