Amid all the turmoil and disarray plaguing Cleveland, a somewhat unlikely scapegoat emerged. The Cavs held what has been characterized as a highly-volatile players-only meeting in recent days, during which Isaiah Thomas allegedly led the charge against Kevin Love for his absence over the weekend as he was dealing with migraine symptoms, levying accusations that the All-Star forward wasn’t as ill as he made himself out to be.
Love logged just over three minutes of action in their embarrassing loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, during which the Cavs and their porous defense gave up a franchise-worst 148 points on their home floor. It’s led to all sorts of speculation about whether Love might be on the trading block as the February deadline looms.
But at least one person in the organization has Love’s back. Well, sort of. Head coach Tyronn Lue was quick to defend Love for missing time over the weekend, but in the process, he inadvertently underscored his struggles on the defensive end.