Cavaliers coach Dave Blatt, frustrated by his team's five-game losing streak, responded to a question about Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love by saying, "Kevin's not a max player yet, is he?"
Whether he was talking about Love's contract (he is, in fact, a max player), his talent or his effort, Blatt's comments don't figure to sit well with a player like Love. For as talented as he is, Love always seems to be playing as though he's battling a perception that he's not worthy of star status. It irked him in Minnesota, and if Blatt is trying to push Love's buttons, that's not the one to push.
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an honor The Suns' Gerald Green is missing part of his right ring finger from a childhood accident. The team made a four-fingered foam hand for fans.