Just hours after teammate, and fellow champion, Kyrie Irving accepted his invite from USA Basketball, Cavaliers’ forward Kevin Love declined his, according to Marc Stein. Love said he declined so he can rest his body after a lengthy playoff run that saw the Cavaliers crawl back from a 3-1 deficit against the Golden State Warriors. Love also skipped out on the 2014 FIBA World Cup because of all the trade rumors circulating around him.
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His numbers were nearly identical to last year’s, but Love looked like he found his place in Cleveland’s offense. During 77 regular season games, Love was averaging about 31 minutes per and contributed 16 points and ten rebounds while shooting 36% from downtown. There was some regression in the playoffs, however, and Love saw his field goal percentage dip 38.5 percent, and he averaged just 14.7 points and 8.8 boards per contest; his three-point shot was consistent, though, and it jumped up to 41 percent.
Love caught a ton of grief for his noticeable disappearance in the Finals and after a 17 point, 13 rebound game in the series opener, Love averaged just 6.8 points and 5.6 boards and shot 21 percent from three. In Game 7, however, Love was big-time on the boards and hauled in 14.
He’s already seen time with the 2012 Olympic squad that won the Gold in London. During the eight games the United States played in, Love averaged 11.6 points and led the team with 7.6 rebounds per game.