NBA: Cavaliers reportedly hold 'emotional' team meeting about Kevin Love's absence

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Love, who has struggled throughout the postseason, totaled just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in Cleveland’s second-round series opener.

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Love, who has struggled throughout the postseason, totaled just seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in Cleveland’s second-round series opener.

The Cavaliers reportedly held a team meeting before Monday's off-day practice, questioning Kevin Love's absence from practice Sunday, a day after he left a blowout loss to the Thunder feeling ill.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the "emotional" team meeting featured a locker room "full of finger-pointing."

Wojnarowski also said a source told him that Love defended his situation to teammates, coaches and management. When he had finished, "there was a sense with some that the team had worked out some issues, but that ultimately remains to be seen."

That's the kind of bad atmosphere that can develop when a team has lost 10 of 14 games and allowed a season-high 148 points in their last game, as have the Cavaliers. Even worse, several of those losses have been blowouts. After the Raptors whipped the Cavaliers 133-99 in Cleveland Jan. 11, LeBron James could be seen yelling at teammates on the sideline. James later told reporters, “We’re just in a funk."

Love played only three minutes in Saturday's loss to OKC, missing both his shots. He is averaging 18.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game this season.

The Cavs have fallen to third place in the Eastern Conference, six games behind the Celtics and have reportedly been interested in making a trade before next month's deadline.

 

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