In defense of Kevin Love, the Cavs’ most popular scapegoat

News broke late Monday night that the Cavs had held a team meeting before practice. The most noteworthy development? Cavs players questioning the legitimacy of Kevin Love’s illness, which kept him out of Saturday’s debacle against the Thunder.

Upon hearing Love had become the scapegoat for the Cavs’ struggles, the first thing that came to mind was Garry Gergich, the awkward yet lovable character from NBC’s “Parks and Recreation.” Garry — or Jerry or Larry or Terry because no one ever cares quite enough to get his name right — is often the target of the members of the Pawnee Parks and Recreation department because of his general clumsiness and tendency to put himself in ridiculous situations. He becomes the butt of many jokes, even in cases where he really hasn’t done anything wrong.

“Most nights it’s not going to be 6-5,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “But when it is, the guys have got to know they’ve got a chance to get it done. That is a good quality to have in your group. You don’t want to use it every night.”

The NBA announced the reserves for this year’s All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Not every deserving player made the list, of course. As SN’s Sean Deveney wrote this week in his prediction piece, “There are always snubs.”

It’s a tough deal for George, who was hoping to play in his hometown (and in, maybe, his future home arena). He lost out to LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green and Karl-Anthony Towns in the coaches’ voting for frontcourt players.

Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon extended his points streak to six games with his team-leading 32nd goal in the second period. MacKinnon has seven goals and six assists during the run and eight goals and nine assists in his last eight games.

“We’re on the outside looking in. Hopefully we’ll get closer going into the All-Star break,’’ Hardaway said. “I feel like with our group, we have that fire and that desire and in our heart is to make the playoffs one hundred percent. If we don’t make the playoffs we’re going to home in April upset. At the same time we know that we gave our all. But we’re trying to make the playoffs, point blank.”

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