Today in Sports History: August 23

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 2014, the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love, who was one of the league’s top power forwards at the time, would be a key piece for the Cavaliers championship runs. With LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, Cleveland’s big three dominated the east from 2014-2018. During this run, the Cavaliers reached the NBA Finals four seasons in a row. Love played a pivotal role in the Cavalier’s 2015-2016 championship season, averaging 16 points, 2.4 assists, and 9.9 rebounds. The Cavaliers would defeat the warriors following a historic 3-1 comeback. Finally, the curse was lifted. After 52 years, Cleveland was once again a city of champions.

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