For the first time in NBA history, Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.
Love had actually won the award twice as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves (during the 2013-14 season). The Wolves, of course, compete in the West.
But the Cavs are the defending champs, the beasts of the East, and Love’s outstanding week offers more evidence he is an excellent fit. That included his 34-point first quarter vs. Portland.
For the week, the Cavs went 3-0 and Love averaged 30.7 points and 9.7 rebounds. He shot 55 percent from the field and a sizzling 66 percent on 3-pointers.
The Cavs enter Tuesday’s game at Milwaukee with a 13-2 record — the best start in franchise history.
Cavs star LeBron James has already won the award twice this season, giving the Cavs a league-high three for the year.
Warriors forward Kevin Durant won the award in the West after averaging 24.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists last week.