CLEVELAND (AP) – They have been teammates of the historic champion team, hoping to lead some really bad ones. This season, Kevin Love և Matthew Delavedova have also been linked with injuries that have kept them off the pitch for months.
They returned together Thursday evening.
“A kind of denier,” said Love.
And, perhaps, to save the Cavalier season in time.
Love և Dellavedova made their long-overdue comeback following Cleveland’s 114-94 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Although it was the Cavs’ fourth straight loss, the fifth in six games reduced the lead to 17-31, the game also felt like a resumption for a young team ruined by injury.
As Love crossed the floor, Cleveland’s crime seemed more synchronized, even more dangerous. In his first fifth game of the season, he scored 13 points and played 20 minutes.
And as Delavedova plunged into the loose ball in her season debut առաջին in her first game in over a year, there was a level playing field. Of course, there were the same common problems – turnover, forced blows, thawing in the third quarter – that Caveri suffered.
But there, with Love և Dellavedova, they looked better.
“They make their teammates better, they make their teammates comfortable,” said coach J. B. Bicker staff. “They know they can depend on themselves, they know they can be relied on. It makes us better as a team because they can play at critical moments.
“Obviously we need to get there, increase their minutes a little bit so they can play more in the third or fourth quarter, which will be useful. But our boys learn to play with them, they look at it from two sides, two high-level positive sides.
The return of love ended one of the most frustrating milestones in the five-star All-Star career.
At the end of December, he strained his calf, missed 33 games, and returned in March only to live backwards due to the destruction of scar tissue. Love could have stopped there, but he was determined to save his season.
He scored 3 points on his first shot, creating his next two. During each trip to court, the 32-year-old rediscovered his old joy.
“It just made me so happy that I went out there just to play basketball,” he said. “It was the first thing I said when my first shot was just a human, I just missed the game so much.”
His minutes are expected to increase in the upcoming games.
“I felt much more,” he said. “Obviously I’m not there yet, but I knew I was in this game. I felt confident that I could get into some rhythm.
Love is likely to play more on Saturday night in Miami, where Cavs lost 19 games in a row. Now that he is back, Love insists that he has never lost the confidence that he will be able to return and contribute to a higher level.
“I will not let that suspicion enter my head,” he said. “Difficulties make us stronger. Like, I really believe in that. ”
His hard nose played in the history of head injuries. In December, he was shocked by the opening of the Cleveland Exhibition. The 30-year-old’s symptoms were so severe that he was unable to attend games. His wife, Anna, had to remove some of their baby boy noisy toys so as not to disturb Dellavedova.
Dellavedova again expanded her coaching staff with her teammates, assisting young guards Colin Sexton and Darius Garland. He also underwent appendectomy, delaying his return.
As usual, most of Dellavedova’s contributions on Thursday – zero points, five assists – did not appear in the box. He leaned against the defense, threw himself into a pile to make the ball bounce, and joked with some of the Sixers.
“It just shows you his dedication, his devotion, but what can bring intelligence to the game,” Bickerstaff said. “It simply came to our notice then. When you play the way he plays, և you think the game thinks the way it thinks, you can make an impact. Toughness on the defensive line, leadership, he is always a bonus.
“He is the ultimate player of the team.”
Love called Delavedova “the blood of this team’s life” և now that Cleveland 2016 The other two members of the champion team are back, the Cavs, just three games behind Chicago in the last pitch, are a bit ugly.
“The gap is quite narrow, we must have goals at least to enter the playoffs, to reach the playoffs,” said Delavedova. “It’s the biggest thing we need to talk about now. There are 24 games left, let’s run and have something to compete with. “
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