Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love is looking forward to his upcoming matchup against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green as the NBA Finals 2017 start on Thursday night at the Oracle Arena. Love is currently playing his best season since joining the Cavaliers in 2014 and expected to make a huge impact on their third consecutive matchup against the Warriors.
In their upcoming game, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are expected to face each other while Kevin Love will be tasked to defend Draymond Green. Last season, Green managed to limit Love’s production where the Cavs forward only has a Finals averaged 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. However, Love has shown massive improvement in his third season with the Cavaliers and played a major role in the Cavs-Celtics five-game series.
Kevin Love ready to face Draymond Green
As of now, it remains a big question if Love can defend Green or limit his production on the offensive end. Green and the Warriors are way much better than the teams the Cavaliers defeated in the East. Love is definitely aware of Green’s ability and vowed to double his effort in their upcoming game.
“He’s a great player on both sides of the ball, but defensively he sets the tone for them,” Love said of Green. “He’s a guy that is making sure that everybody’s playing, a very vocal leader for them, and a guy that brings it every single night. So we’re going to have to match that.”
Kevin Love talks about his Minnesota Timberwolves version
So far, Love continues to prove that the Cavaliers made the right decision to trade for him in 2014. LeBron James also praised his performance in their recent games. He said that the Cavs really need the mentality of Love from Minnesota. Love responded with James’ statements and said that he’s just being confident in everything he does on the court.
“He was about 30 pounds heavier and has a terrible haircut,” Love said with a smirk when asked about his Timberwolves version. “I mean, just being assertive and just very confident on both sides of the ball in my movements. I think more than anything, that’s what [LeBron] means. Missed shot, made shot, different assignments, I think it’s all doing it with intent. And I mentioned that word, assertiveness is big. No, just continuing to have a can-do mindset throughout and having confidence in each and everyone of us. It’s not just me, it’s everybody playing their best brand of basketball.”
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