Kevin Love is in a funk. Normally a sweet-shooting forward who makes opponents pay for leaving him open behind the arc, Love has struggled to find his range since the All-Star break. It comes at an interesting time too, as he's admitted that he's not totally comfortable shooting so many threes and the Cavs plan on taking a number of threes as part of their offense.
Since the Cavs returned to action after the NBA showcase weekend on Feb. 18, Love is shooting 22.6 percent overall from deep. For the year, he's shooting 34.3 percent from distance. Players shooting around 22.6 percent from deep for the year include Wolves forward Tayshaun Prince, Bucks forward Jabari Parker and Heat forward Josh McRoberts. No one in that range shoots even close to the same amount of threes per game as Love.
The numbers worse when broken down even further. Per nba.com, Love is shooting 20.7 percent on catch-and-shoot threes since the All-Star break, well below his overall season average of 35.4 percent. On wide-open threes - which account for 24.2 percent of his shots - Love is shooting 25 percent from deep. When he's categorized as 'open', Love is making just 9.5 percent of his threes. For the year, Love is making 36.7 percent of his wide open threes and 29.4 percent of his open threes.
When compared to last year and his final season with the Timberwolves, Love's numbers are down:
- 2013-14 with Minnesota: 37.5 percent from three overall, 39.8 percent on catch-and-shoot threes, 34.3 percent on 'open' threes, 43.6 percent on 'wide open' threes
- 2014-15 with Cleveland: 37 percent from three overall, 37.1 percent on catch-and-shoot threes, 38.3 percent on 'open threes, 38.8 percent on 'wide open' threes