According to Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers will get through the current struggles because it’s something they’ve done before.
“We will right the ship. We always do,” Love said on a recent episode of the Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix. “There was January too. People think March, but they forget January. January was not pretty. But I do believe that we will right the ship because we always have.”
Love also talked about teams - specifically the Wizards, Raptors and Celtics - being better this year.
“I think that teams have gotten better,” he said. “If we’re looking at just the East too. Washington has gotten better. Boston has gotten better. There’s other teams, like Toronto when Lowry gets back. They’re lurking and gonna get Lowry back and are a solid team that keeps getting better.”
It’s interesting to hear Love say this as the Cavs go through a rough stretch on the season. And he is right in saying that the team has been through lows before and then figured it out. Like when they came back from a 3-1 lead in last year’s Finals. But he also said that he feels as if the team just needs to see itself play the right kind of basketball.
“I don’t even care if it shows up in the win column at this point,” Love said of the team forming good habits. “I do as far as seeding goes. But if we play great stretches of basketball and we look at the film and say ‘this is how we need to play’, it’s so much easier for at least me and a lot of our guys who are visual learners and visual guys to then practice that out and the floor again. That, at least for me and getting my mind right, is probably the biggest thing. But I think we’re very close.”
In regards to the defense, Love kept it simple.
“Defensively, when we decide we want to be good or want to be great or want to be one of the better teams, we can be that,” he said.
You can listen to the whole podcast here. On the show, Love talks about if the team needed David Blatt to be fired, his relationship with LeBron James, his weight loss and more.