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Jerry Sullivan's Power Take: Love could be the answer

Cleveland is a heavy underdog against the Warriors in the NBA Finals. If the Cavaliers hope to repeat, they'll need a lot more from Kevin Love this time around.

Love was a minor factor in last year's Finals. He suffered a concussion after being elbowed in the head in Game Two and sat out the third game. The 6-10 power forward averaged just 8.5 points on 36 percent shooting.

You expect more from a four-time All-Star with a $22 million salary. Love had his best regular season as a Cav, averaging 19.0 points and 11.1 rebounds. He shot 37.3 percent on three-pointers and a career-high 87 percent from the line.

Love is averaging 17.2 points and 10.4 boards in the postseason, making 47.5 percent of his threes. He's made 38 threes in the playoffs, third in the league behind Golden State's Steph Curry and Boston's Avery Bradley.

He'll get chances from behind the arc when LeBron James penetrates and kicks to the perimeter. But it won't be easy. The Warriors led the NBA in defending the three at 32.4 percent.

To have any shot, Love and the Cavs must do a lot better than that.

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