Report: Cavaliers questioned Kevin Love’s illness

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love. (Tony Dejak/AP)

Things could be going better in “The Land.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers are stuck in a mid-season rut, losing nine of their past 12 games. If it’s true that you learn the most about a team when times are toughest, then the Cavaliers are in some legitimate trouble.

Prior to Monday’s practice, Cleveland held a “fiery team meeting” where several players questioned whether or not Kevin Love‘s recent illness was legitimate, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Love left Saturday’s blowout loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder after logging just three minutes of action. The 29-year-old didn’t just leave the game, he also physically left Quicken Loans Arena at halftime.

Several players were pushing for the Cavaliers’ management and coaching staff to hold Love accountable for leaving the arena before the end of Saturday’s game, and then missing Sunday’s practice, league sources told ESPN.

The meeting was loud and intense, only calming down once Love spoke to those gathered in the room and explained himself, league sources said.

The meeting included Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and general manager Koby Altman, league sources said.

Cleveland currently holds a one-game lead on the Miami Heat for third place in the Eastern Conference, and visits the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday.

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