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Love beefs up Cavs frontcourt
By Josh Egel

Kobe bryant achilles10/30/14 -- A statement was made last night after Chicago Bulls big-men Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson combined for 43 points in a 104–80 win over the New York Knicks. This means that the largely untested frontcourt of the Cavaliers has a lot to prove before they can start preparing for the NBA Finals.

Even LeBron James had words about them after a preseason game facing the Bulls in Columbus, Ohio, “The Bulls are a team that’s much better than us right now just off chemistry. They’ve been together for a while. We’ve got a long way to go.”

As of today, the Cavaliers roster features four post players: Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Brendan Haywood. Love and Thompson have never been to the playoffs but Haywood and Varejao have been to the NBA Finals, with Haywood securing a championship in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks, but both have sustained major injuries over the last few seasons. Their long-term health is in serious question as they sit in a division facing bigmen like Roy Hibbert from the Pacers, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe of the Pistons, and Larry Sanders of the Bucks on a nightly basis.

Love’s offensive output and rebounding capabilities are not to be questioned as he’s achieved All-Star nods because of them for the past six years. However, both he and Tristan Thompson have never performed against Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan in championship form. Love does understand that he may have to dominate, but sacrifice, to win.

"I'd be lying to myself and everybody here if I was telling you I didn't have to sacrifice," Love told Jeff Zillgitt of the Telegraph-Forum. "It's going to have to be an effort throughout the entire team to do what's best for the Cleveland Cavaliers. We don't know what that is really yet, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes for this team to win because at the end of the day, what we want is to win."

Beyond speculation of each player’s capabilities in the post season, one thing we do know is that they will be prepared to win. Before the regular season started LeBron James made a list of expectations for every player from the starters to the guys with unguaranteed contracts. He has the know-how, experience, leadership, and brilliant mind to prepare for each game diligently and empower his teammates to exceed their expectations and capabilities. That is a championship quality that few players, and even coaches, possess.

Notes:

- The Cleveland Cavaliers start their season at home tonight against the New York Knicks (0-1).

- Anderson Varejao played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio won the series 4-0.

- Brendan Haywood won played for the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat. Dallas won in 2011. His new teammate LeBron James played for the Heat in that series.

- Pau Gasol of the Chicago Bulls won two championships with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008 and 2009 respectively. This is his first season with the Chicago Bulls after signing with them as a free agent.

- Derrick Rose is returning to the Chicago Bulls after a nearly two-year absence. 

 

 



 

 

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