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Kevin Love's Cleveland Cavaliers teammates poke fun at the forward's diet

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Kevin Love may not always fit in with his Cleveland Cavalier teammates on the court, but off the hardwood, the former Minnesota Timberwolves star slots in just fine.

In fact, Love is so well liked by his superstar teammates that he is the subject of constant ,mockery when it comes to the diet he maintains.

The power forward has always had issues with his weight ever since he was drafted back in 2008.

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Love came into the NBA from UCLA weighing 255 pounds with a high body fat percentage of over 12 percent. After a few years with the Timberwolves, Love was up to 265 on the scales.

Although he is 6'10" and needs the weight to compete in the paint, Love wanted to make sure his body fat percentage had him carry the right kind of weight.

He started to take dieting and nutrition very seriously during his time in Minnesota, and dropped 25 pounds before the lockout-shortened season in 2011-12 - that's over three stone.

An ESPN report detailed how funny Love's Cavalier teammates find his strict eating habits.

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"During a team breakfast before Game 2 of the NBA Finals, Cavs players were devouring pancakes, waffles and bacon."

'Kev had two bran muffins and a banana with skim milk,' Cavs forward Richard Jefferson says. 'He eats like an 80-year-old lady who's trying make sure she's regular.'"

While Love has become arguably the most-criticised player on the Cavs' roster, he said earlier this week that he's never been on a team that's closer than the Cavaliers are - so the quips about his diet are all in good fun.

"Love often transports his own meals -- a pair of kale salads and grilled chicken -- on the team plane rather than be tempted by a postgame spread that might be high in calories and carbohydrates. The ribbing, he says, comes with the territory.

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'They look at [me] kind of funny when I walk in with a Whole Foods bag or something,'' Love says. "That's not generally the best thing to do when you've got a group of teammates that'll clown on you.'"

Love recently sat out game three of the NBA Finals after suffering a concussion in game two. It's not yet certain whether he will start game five tonight, but if he does have to sit out, there's every chance his season may be over.

The Warriors need just one win to secure back-to-back championships and they'll do it by overcoming Cleveland on both occasions. Steve Kerr's men have only lost three times at the Oracle Arena through the entire 2015-16 season, but without the suspended Draymond Green, the Cavs will feel they can extend these finals to at least six games.

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