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Kevin Love joins rare, sad company

Dec 19, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

The following players have scored 43 points or more, grabbed 17 rebounds or more, and lost the game.

Hakeem Olajuwon (x2) (52,18; 46, 19)

Chris Webber (51, 26)

Patrick Ewing (51, 18)

Kevin Garnett (47, 17)

Shaquille O’Neal (46, 21)

Charles Barkley (44, 17)

Zach Randolph (43, 17)

David Robinson (43, 17)

 

And now, Kevin Love (43, 17).

Love recorded 43 points on 14-23 shooting (5-5 from the arc) and grabbed 17 rebounds in the Wolves’ 115-113 loss to the Nuggets Saturday night. It is quite simply one of the saddest things you can imagine. For a player to be putting in the effort every night that Love is, on such a terrible team, is really disappointing. A lot of people will point out that Love gets many rebounds off his own miss, and that he swallows up easy rebounds. But those still count, and they still help your team win. Or they should. But they don’t for Kevin Love, because he plays for the Timberwolves.

What’s worse? If you notice that list, the only team to have two players score 43 points or more, grab 17 rebounds or more, and lose is the Minnesota Timberwolves. The franchise has been gifted with two players capable of putting in 43 and 17 and both have done so in losses. That’s either a stunning case of bad luck or a stunning case of franchise ineptitude.

Another element here should be pace. Both Denver and Minnesota play at a super high pace, which is going to boost numbers (part of the reason New York keeps giving up superhuman performances). As an example, Kevin Garnett played on the 22nd fastest team in the league, while Zach Randolph played on the second slowest team (29th in pace) in Portland when he dropped 43 and 17.

But as someone said on Twitter, there just should be no way that you score 43 points, add 17 rebounds, and lose. It just shouldn’t happen. Given the elite company on that list, it also brings high hopes for Kevin Love’s career. Question will be if he has to get out of Minnesota to do it.

  1. jcluma - Dec 19, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    Regardless of the outcome, Kevin Love is a SUPERSTAR. He can score 20 or 25-plus any night and every night, if that’s what’s demanded. This guy is a machine.

  2. llamajazz - Dec 19, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Maybe he it’s time should stop being the worst big man defensively in the entire league.

    This guy is just above average when it comes to making an impact on the game, it has to be the least impressive 43/17 game ever.

  3. jstrizzle - Dec 19, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    I figured this post would turn into a round about way to rip on the Timberwolves. This writing is so subjective. Hey, how about instead we write a post on how that Kevin Love put up those numbers so in turn that means he has a 50% chance of winning an NBA title and a 75% chance to become a Hall of Famer. This writing is such garbage. Houston must have an inept frachise because Olajuwan did it twice for them. That is why they haven’t won an NBA title ever (note sarcasm). Call it sad company if you like but at least note who is in that company before you decide to rip anyone. Losses happen, especially when you are the youngest team in the NBA.

  4. BC - Dec 20, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Shocked that Wilt never did that. Not that his teams were bad, but he did it SO many times you figure he would have lost one.

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