J.B. Bickerstaff breaks silence on Kevin Love’s inbounds pass blunder during Cavs loss vs. Raptors

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David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, the Cleveland Cavaliers got blown out by the Toronto Raptors, 112-96.

At one point, Kevin Love botched an inbounds pass, leading to a quick 3-pointer by the Raptors’ Malachi Flynn.

Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff seemed to defend Love when asked about the incident.

Despite falling behind early, Cleveland stayed tight with the Raptors, until the game got away from the Cavs in the third quarter.

Love’s botched inbounds pass came during a Raptors run that changed the complexion of the contest for good.

It’s been a frustrating season for the University of California, Los Angeles product, as he has missed a huge chunk of the season due to injury.

His numbers this season are well below his career numbers, as he’s averaging just 11.7 points per game on 39.9 percent shooting from the field.

The Cavs are now in 13th place in the Eastern Conference, and it seems very unlikely that they can move up in the standings and qualify for the NBA’s play-in tournament.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif. and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and has seen the Cavs go from NBA laughingstocks, to contenders, back to laughingstocks and finally world champions. He feels strongly that the NBA and sports aren't just entertainment, but also a means for learning life lessons.