Why are Cleveland Cavaliers 7-1 and a legitimate contender? An unseen moment in Detroit shows it

DETROIT — At one point in the fourth quarter, with the game well in hand and the Cleveland Cavaliers headed for a seventh straight win, coach J.B. Bickerstaff had a conversation with Kevin Love.

The 14-year veteran — who teammates affectionately call “Grandpa Kev,” with gray hairs that have overtaken what used to be a perfectly coiffed black mane — was two rebounds away from a triple-double. Love knew it. Bickerstaff knew it. Other players and coaches did too. There were even some fans inside Little Caesars Arena, clad in wine and gold, that were aware, playfully cursing at Cedi Osman for taking at least one board away from Love.

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