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Kevin Love ties Moses Malone with record 51 straight double-doubles

Mar 7, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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With a three pointer from straight away in the third quarter Tuesday night, Kevin Love recorded his 51st consecutive double-double (at least 10 points and 10 rebounds). That tied Moses Malone for the all-time record.

Well, all-time modern record (post NBA/ABA merger). Turns out Wilt Chamberlain did it 224 times back in the day. But as he was a freak of nature we’re just going to pretend that didn’t happen.

Love’s feat is impressive, he’s racked up the numbers, but it’s questionable how meaningful it is.

Love’s feat is a testament to him being the league’s best rebounder — he is grabbing 23.7 percent of all rebounds when he is on the floor, the highest percentage in the league this season. Rebounds are about want and Love wants to get the ball.

Love’s feat is a testament to a fundamentally sound offensive game. He can drain the three — as he did to tie Malone’s record — but he has tremendous footwork that can get him buckets around the basket.

It’s a testament to consistency, bringing it every night.

Of course, part of it is Love is on a bad team where he has a lot of chances to shoot, a lot of chances for rebounds that he might not have on a better team.

The double-doubles also have not led to wins — the Wolves are 11-39 during the streak heading into tonight.

It’s not to say this isn’t an impressive accomplishment. It’s to say that there needs to be some perspective because for all he has done Love has a ways to go to make those numbers he racks up more meaningful.

  1. purdueman - Mar 7, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    What I’m LMAO about is that Riley could have taken Love with the 2nd pick of the draft, but instead took over hyped “What me play defense” Beasley instead! (Love went 5th overall, 3 picks later, to the T-Wolves). I find it hysterical that pompous Riley, who had a 25% lottery chance at the first overall pick in the draft, not only lost out to the Bulls on Rose (who had only a 1.7% lottery chance at the pick), and then screwed up royally by taking Beasley over Love. Bwahahahahahahaha! Stick that in your pipe and smoke it, Pat me boy!

    • craigw24 - Mar 7, 2011 at 11:27 PM

      If you remember that draft absolutely no one was projecting Kevin Love for the 2nd pick. It was Rose and Beasley or Beasley and Rose. People were astounded that the Thunder took Russell Westbrook at #4 – considered totally an overreach at the time – and there was some shock that Kevin Love went at #5, but people just wrote it off as the T’wolves doing something stupid again. As a matter of fact, until this year people kept repeating that mantra.

    • hnirobert3 - Mar 8, 2011 at 7:29 AM

      Hindsight is 20/20, dude. Nobody was picking Love before Beasley in 2007. Nobody.

  2. fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:03 AM

    To the T-Wolves? Not meaningful.

    For Love? Sure. But of course. Good on his resume as other teams start taking note of that.

    When he gets into a contender-team, that would certainly be doubly meaningful. He is a Dennis Rodman plus the point production without the excess baggage…

    • trueballs - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:36 AM

      Rodman…minus the defense. You won’t see Love shutting down someone like Karl Malone anytime soon. That’s the difference between contender and pretender.

      But i guess you argue scoring 20+ a game makes up for not playing defense….

      I’ll agree with you on the “without the excess baggage.”

      • fouldwimmerlaik - Mar 8, 2011 at 5:39 AM

        But of course! My bad. I agree with you totally. I forgot Rodman’s excellent D especially on big men. I was too focused on Rodman as a rebounding machine.

        Nah, I rather choose Rodman’s D than Love’s point production. The NBA has a lot of scorers but not much of locked-in defenders.

  3. uncommon1 - Mar 8, 2011 at 2:29 AM

    Well his production and double double streak gives me and the other T-wolves fan another reason to watch.

  4. mkdave23 - Mar 8, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Wilt Chamberlain was a badass.

  5. davidly - Mar 8, 2011 at 5:15 AM

    It means he’s averaging 21/15 this season. That’s what it means.

  6. tominma - Mar 8, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    The kid is a helluva player!! Being taken at #5 was totally justified, especially since he had a great teacher in his daddy, former NBA player Stan Love who was also a very good rebounder. But, being the old man that I am, I simply cannot forget the player, whom I consider the greatest all around player of all time, who averaged a TRIPLE doubt for an entire season! Oscar Robertson! He could take the ball whenever he wanted, to any spont that he wanted, against anyone he wanted, and take and make the shot he wanted more often than anyone who ever played. It’s too bad he only got to play on a great team leate in his career. However, we cant deny Kevin Love’s talent! Barring injury, he’s gonna perform at a high level for a long time!

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