Kevin Love believes the Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference, and the five-time All-Star credits the team’s chemistry.
“We have a rare level of unity,” Love said after the Cavaliers’ 112-88 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday. “There is no team better than us.”
According to a few NBA betting sites, the Cavaliers have the 12th-best chance to win the championship in 2023.
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Love continued: “We thrive on that and that becomes part of who we are and our culture.” “I don’t think anybody in this locker room is going to be on the receiving end of the next guy getting minutes, getting more shots, getting this or getting that.
We all work to get what we have and what we have. There is a lot of love and respect in this room. A sense of professionalism here as well.
Kevin Love said the riders ‘have a rare level of unity’.
The Cavaliers are 7-1 for the first time since the 2016-17 season. They also lost one of their first eight games for the first time since LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Through eight games this season, Love is averaging 12.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists. He is shooting 46.4% from the field and 43.8% from 3-point range.
Even though the season just started a little over two weeks ago, Donovan Mitchell is already making a positive impact for Cleveland. The former Utah Jazz star is averaging 31.1 points, 4.4 boards, 7.1 assists and 1.6 steals.
After Toronto Raptors guard Gary Trent Jr. put Darius Garland in the eye in the Cavaliers’ season-opening loss — causing him to miss five games — Cleveland hasn’t lost a game since.
Prior to the 2022-23 season, opponents had the Cavaliers’ win total at 47.5. Of course, the team hasn’t won at least 50 games since the 2017-18 season, LeBron’s final season with Cleveland.
Under coach JB Bickerstaff, few bettors hope to see the Cavs return to the playoffs in 2023. Last season, Cleveland finished 44-38(.537) and eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.
For the next game, the Cavaliers will play against the Lakers this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Currently, guards Ricky Rubio, Mitchell and Garland are all out for Cleveland. Forward Dylan Windler also sits.