Kevin Love ducks media after throwing tantrum during loss
Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) attempts to steal the ball from Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in the first quarter Monday night in Tampa.  Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love ducked the media after throwing a temper tantrum during his Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

Love’s Cavaliers were playing shorthanded as seven players were out. They also were on the second game of a back-to-back and arrived in Tampa at 3 a.m. the day of the game. At lot of factors were not working in their favor. The last thing they needed was someone not playing hard, but that was Love.

First, he made a mind-boggling play late in the third quarter and just gave Toronto a basket (video here). He then got benched the rest of the game and headed to the locker room before the final buzzer. Cavs reporter Chris Fedor reported that Love did not speak with the media after the loss.

Cavs head coach JB Bickerstaff did say that Love at least apologized to his teammates.

Love is getting paid more than $31 million by a 21-40 team. The least he could do is set a good example for Cleveland's younger players. On Monday, he did the exact opposite. Recall that last year he also had some negative issues that made headlines.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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