"I think I had no choice but to improve my defense," Love said. "I don't think anybody's has ever looked at my defensive presence and said, 'OK, he's a lock-down defender' and I don't think that anybody will ever say 'OK, that's the guy we want to guard LeBron James at the end of the game.'"
Despite his offensive numbers dropping considerably from last season, Love is showing his teammates how committed he is to finding a way to win.
"I hope that my teammates and coaching staff will say that I've handled the adjustment well on most if not all accounts," Love said. "I'm a better defender and will continue to get better."
Love has managed double-doubles in three of his last four games, but his 23 points marked his highest scoring output since Jan. 11. He also dished out three assists in 29 minutes of action. The Cavaliers take a nine-game winning streak into Saturday's matchup with the Timberwolves.
"Everything was spinning there for a little bit," Love said. "It just happened. I was a little shocked. It was a scary moment, but I was good after that."
Love experienced the dizziness when attempting a free throw during the first quarter, but was able to stay in the game. He added that he's experienced the symptoms before and even joked that it might have helped him break out of his shooting slump. Love scored 19 points on 6 of 10 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
"I think it was me getting dizzy in the first quarter," he said. "Just continuing to keep shooting. [Having] confidence."
While Love was just 3 of 13 from the floor, he finished 16 points thanks to going 9 of 10 from the free-throw line. He also had 12 rebounds and two assists.
"Today I felt great, minus getting hit in the nose," Love said, per the team's official website. "It’s just one of those things that you just have to keep on, keep lose and continue to get all the work with our training staff and just go from there.”
Love has been dealing with back spasms and was listed as questionable for Monday's game. He did not play in Friday's win over the Clippers.
The Cavaliers are 3 1/2-point favorites.
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