LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers coaching staff will be in Toronto for the All-Star game. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, reportedly, will not. It's a disappointing but not altogether surprising selection, and there are good cases to be made for each of the players chosen over Love and Irving. Irving in particular, of course, has a weak case. Kevin Love, however, might have a genuine complaint.
ICYMI: BREAKING! #NBA #AllStarGameReserves A. Drummond, P. Milsap, C. Bosh, J. Butler, I. Thomas, D. Derozan & J. Wall For the #East— Carron J. Phillips (@carronJphillips) January 28, 2016
The Cavs as a team are outscoring opponents by 5.6 points per 100 possessions. With Kevin Love on the court, that number jumps to 9.0 points per 100 possessions. When he sits, the Cavs are actually outscored by 1.1 points per 100 possessions. His numbers aren't overwhelming or bawdy, but he's an excellent rebounder that provides spacing for the Cavs and solid perimeter shooting from the power forward position. Tristan Thompson is a player whose effectiveness on the floor is helped by what Love provides.
He's averaging 15.7 points per game, 10.8 rebounds per game, and has been the second best player for a team that is 32-12 and the top team in the East. I think he should be there.