Although LeBron James dropped another triple-double during the Cavaliers’ 137-125 victory over the Trail Blazers last night, Kevin Love is the man getting all the headlines.
Many of you may remember when Kevin Love could only muster two points during game five of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors earlier this year.
Trade rumours were rife and the power forward’s days in Cleveland appeared to be numbered.
However, last night, Love gave everybody a timely reminder of how special he can be on his day.
The former UCLA standout dropped 40 points on Portland last night and was reminiscent of the Minnesota Timberwolves form that caught Cleveland’s attention in the first place.
However, the damage he did in the first quarter was spectacular.
Love, who set a team record for points in a period, made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts, including 8-of-10 on three-pointers. He made his first six shots, including five three-point bombs to leave the Trail Blazers in a daze.
Out of the big three in northeast Ohio, Love is often the scapegoat for any lack of chemistry or production.
But last night, Love proved his worth beyond a shadow of a doubt. Not many men at the four spot are capable of permiter shooting like that.
He recorded the most points in an opening quarter ever, fell just three points short of Klay Thompson’s record of 37 that he recorded back in January 2015 against the Sacramento Kings and current NBA star Carmelo Anthony is in the top five with 33 points, too.