Cavs star Kevin Love jokes about doing a medical retirement after Ja Morant’s near posterizer
“The kid nearly jumped over me. I’m so glad he didn’t finish it. Can you do a medical retire and still get all your money? I might’ve had to do that,” Love joked during a postgame huddle, per Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders.
“That kid, he’s unbelievably impressive. I really didn’t think he was going to take off from there. … He legit jumped over me. It was just at the ver end he clipped me with his leg but I was so glad he missed that dunk. I looked back, I helped him up and just kind of — that my tip of the hat to him.”
After outscoring the Grizzlies by 13 points in the fourth quarter, the Cavs would come away with a 114-107 win to improve to 8-21 on the season. Despite being nearly put on a poster, Love impressed with 21 points and 13 rebounds in 28 minutes.
For Memphis, the team fell to 10-19 on the season. Their star rookie, Morant, finished with just eight points but added 11 assists and five rebounds.
As a whole, the rookie point guard out of Murray State has been impressive. In 22 games, the 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard is averaging 18.9 points, 6.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. It wasn’t the first time Morant has tried putting an opposing player on a poster this season, and with his elite athleticism, it certainly won’t be the last.