THE Cavaliers are set for the season opener against Boston, and while LeBron James is uncertain to play against Kyrie Irving ad the Celtic, Kevin Love stresses “it's going to be a fight.”
“It doesn't matter who's out there or in what uniform,” said Love told cleveland.com as the discussion about former Cavs start guard and now Celtics playmaker Irving continued.
James is uncertain for the season opener on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time), due to an injury.
But while much of the preseason talk centered on former teammates locking horns, Love says it’s simply two teams trying to get a good start in the new campaign.
Love noted it shouldn’t feel much different facing Irving in an actual game, having had to deal with Irving in Cavaliers practice.
"We all know Kyrie is a gamer," Love said. "Loved playing with him, in practice hated going against him so I'm sure it'll be no different from Tuesday. Between the lines it's going to be a fight, especially opening night. The crowd is going to be into it, a lot of emotions there. A cliche thing but it's true, we just need to get a win.”
Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is also bracing for a tough match, saying Irving remains a force to be reckoned with regardless of the team he suits up for.
"He's still the same player, just with a different team," Lue said.
"So, offensively, like I said before, he has no offensive weaknesses so that's all I can say."