Kevin Love approved the Cavs' decision to bench him in Game 4

BY Andrew Lynch • June 10, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers are at full strength for Game 4 of the NBA Finals, but that doesn't mean Kevin Love is back in the starting lineup.

Love was cleared less than an hour before tip on Friday night, and shortly thereafter, news started to trickle out that the Cleveland power forward would come off the bench against the Golden State Warriors -- and that Love himself approved the decision:

That's the Cavs' play-by-play announcer, sharing Love's message after Game 3: Whatever it takes to get a win. Of course, we're not sure Love necessarily had much of a choice in the matter; the Cavs are in a better position to combat Golden State with Love coming off the bench, and coach Tyronn Lue probably knew it. Still, it's an impressive display of humility from someone making about $22 million a year who's allegedly part of Cleveland's Big Three.

Love last came off the bench on April 14, 2010, the Minnesota Timberwolves' final game of the season, tallying nine points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.



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