Sources: Kevin Love takes heat from Cavs over illness, absence
The Cleveland Cavaliers held a fiery team meeting in the practice facility locker room prior to Monday’s practice, during which several players challenged the legitimacy of Kevin Love’s illness that led him to leave Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma City early and miss Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN.
Enes Kanter said that a former teammate told him LeBron James will get his revenge after the Knicks’ big man again trolled James on Twitter.
The meeting included Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and general manager Koby Altman, league sources said.
There was a sense that the team was largely accepting of Love’s explanation, and that the airing out of issues could have a positive impact on what has become an increasingly fractured locker room. Within factions of the locker room, there has been blame for the Cavaliers’ struggles directed at everyone from Love to Isaiah Thomas, to Lue and the front office, led by Altman, and owner Dan Gilbert, league sources said.
Cleveland is in a spiral, dropping to 27-18 — only one game ahead of the Miami Heat for third place in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland has lost six of its past eight games, and plays San Antonio on Tuesday night in Texas.
I thought that was a well-played game from start to finish, McGraw said. Overall, really, really great stuff on offense. Defensively, we’re starting to get better.
Kobi Thornton had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Clemson (11-9, 1-6 ACC). The Tigers shot 26 percent (15 of 58).
The Irish made 12 of 17 in the first quarter while taking a 28-13 lead. They led 48-21 at halftime and took a 75-34 lead into the final quarter.
Notre Dame is minus four players who have sustained season-ending ACL injuries.
I would have hated to see the final score if they had a full, healthy roster, Clemson coach Audra Smith said. When you have multiple players on your team who can score in double figures, that makes it difficult for you to defend.