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Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson insist winless Cavs won’t quit

The Cleveland Cavaliers are off to a dreadful 0-4 start in their first season of the post-LeBron James era.Despite stumbling out of the gate in such a disappointing manner, the Cavs’ new leaders insist the team will not quit. The Cavs just need to show more fight, according to Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

Following Wednesday’s 102-86 drubbing at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets, both Thompson and Love insisted the team will not roll over, even if the prospects of some semblance of success may have been overstated ahead of the season. Further, the onus is on the players to put in the work.

“If you don’t fight you don’t give yourself a chance. You’ve got to fight out there and take it kind of personal,” Thompson said, via “At the end of the day, coaches, fans, everyone can live with the team playing hard and giving an effort. Fall short, you can live with those results. But if you’re not giving yourself an effort or a fight, you’ve got no chance in this league.”

Love agrees.

“I think you saw in the first two games a lot of fight, but the last two at home, especially when we’ve gotten down — it was a tie ballgame at halftime and last game we were down by two — then second half we just let up and didn’t show any fight,” he said. “That has to change.”

Growing pains — and losses — obviously were to be expected with James no longer on the team. What has been particularly troubling, however, is just how badly the Cavaliers have been outplayed in the four games.

Three of the losses have been by double digits, with the worst showing coming on Sunday, when the Cavaliers were blown off their own court in a 22-point loss to the Atlanta Hawks squad.

Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue acknowledged low morale is plaguing the team, which makes sense. It appears that Love and Thompson will do everything possible in an attempt to lead the Cavs out of their early-season abyss. One has to wonder if it will be enough.