Key: Big Challenge
Kevin Love’s M.O. – and the team’s gameplan for him – since arriving in Cleveland has been to get his game going early.
That was definitely the case on Friday night, with Love leading the way with 11 points and three assists in the first quarter against Milwaukee. Love finished with 17 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double.
The Wine & Gold also looked for Love more down in the post, with the four-time All-Star still getting acclimated to his starting center role. Like the rest of the Cavaliers, Love has had much success against the Magic – averaging 18.4 points and 8.9 boards, with three double-doubles, in his eight meetings against Orlando in a Cleveland uniform.
After going against Al Horford in the opener and primarily Thon Maker on Friday, Love will have his hands full when the Magic roll in on Saturday.
Nikola Vucevic has had some big games against the Cavaliers, and he comes to Cleveland on the heels of a career-high 41-point outing against the Nets, going 17-for-22 from the floor, including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc, to go with 13 boards. Through two games, the seventh-year big from USC is averaging 30.0 points and 12.5 boards per.