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In case you missed it, Kevin Love is in Beast Mode

Mar 29, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

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Last night against the Bobcats, Kevin Love dropped 40 points and grabbed 19 rebounds.

A good night by anyone’s standards, but for Love that was just his third highest total this month. Those kinds of numbers are almost becoming routine — he’s had nine straight double-doubles and had more than 20 points in 14 of his last 15 games.

The arguments made last year by some that “he is just putting up good numbers because his team is so bad” look foolish now. The Wolves added Nikola Pekovic to the front line — a powerful rebounder — and Love is still pulling them down at eye-popping numbers. (That argument always was a bit foolish because opposing teams could focus on him before, now they have someone else to occupy them as well.)

Since the All-Star Game the Timberwolves forward has been tearing up the league. He is in full beast mode. We need to appreciate what is going on here.

In his last 10 games he is averaging 30.5 points and 14.3 rebounds per game. Averaging. He is shooting 45.5 percent from three during that stretch. He is getting four offensive rebounds a contest.

Love’s offense comes from a variety of ways — 22 percent of his opportunities come with him in the post, but he is scoring well as a spot up guy at the arc (he is shooting 38.6 percent in that mold) or as the big in the pick-and-roll this season (he misses Ricky Rubio there). Not to mention all those offensive rebounds. (Stats via

Love’s name has even started to pop up in some MVP conversations, although he told the Washington Post he’s not buying into that.

As for all of the MVP talk, Love said, “In some ways it’s warranted, but we need to win a lot more games in order to be anywhere close to that.”

He’s right, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t appreciate what is going on here. Love is on an epic tear. It’s easy to forget about the Timberwolves, but we should be watching. He is something special.

  1. rodgersmvp - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Thanks, Kurt. We can be friends now.

  2. cbt22 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    LOVESANITY. Thanks Kurt.

  3. nfcnorthnflbest - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    kevin love is the best power forward n basketball

  4. franchiseplaya - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Love should absolutely be the MVP. Right now no other team is as dependent on a player for their success as the TWolves are with Love. Imagine if he went down with injury. Hes keeping them afloat with the injury to Rubio and actually elevated his game. The Bulls are continuing to win despite the loss of their MVP showing the depth of that team as a whole. Lebron has 2 other All Stars to rely on to help prop him up. Kobe is in decline and while showing flashes of his brilliance has also cost his team by being a gunner and shooting his team into a hole. It wasn’t until Sessions came aboard that the Lakers fortunes have improved. The only other guy I think is close in value is Durant. I don’t believe that the MVP should always go to the best player on the best team

    • thetruth113 - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      “Imagine if Love went down with an injury.”

      They’d go from a sub .500 team to a much worse sub .500 team? Easy game to play, I’ll one up you. Imagine if Dwight Howard went down an injury. Orlando would go from the 3 seed in the east to way under .500

      • borderline1988 - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        I agree completely.
        Not to take anything away from Kevin Love – the numbers he is putting up are truly incredible.

        But Dwight’s ability to dominate defensively is what sets him apart.
        He can’t shoot jumpers, so he’ll never put up 50 in a game (without the other team just letting him do so) like Love can.
        But the defensive impact he has on a team is remarkable. If you stuck him on the worst defensive team in the league, it’s almost guaranteed that they’d move up 15 spots in defensive efficiency overnight, and possibly more.

    • thraiderskin - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:19 PM

      He should be in the discussion, I don’t know if he should be the front runner. I’d like to see what the stats say at the end of the year before I change my mind on that. Its my understanding that to win in this present legue you need multiple stars, Kevin Love is all on his own in that category, especially since Rubio(though he isn’t there yet) went down. So it would be short-sighted to hold win totals against him. To me, he is closing in on the most worthy.

  5. pacific123ocean - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    Love is awesome! Is Shaq saying that Blake Griffin is the best PF?

    Hey Shaq…just because KLove can shoot 3-pointers doesn’t mean he is not a real PF.

  6. redbullenergydrink - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Thank you, Memphis, for trading him to the Wolves. You’ve got a good pf in Zach Randolph but he’s no Kevin Love! OJ Mayo… I never missed you one bit!

  7. fanz928 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:03 PM

    If the twolves could make it to the playoffs love might have a chance being MVP since he’s the only guy on his team that scores

  8. lakerluver - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Best PF in basketball, period. I know the word “beast” has been overused but this Dude is a BEAST.

  9. rooney24 - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    He obviously won’t win the MVP. But, it is nice to see him recognized in the conversation. That shows that he is among the top 10 players in the league. If he can even finish top 5 in the voting, that will put him in voters minds in the next couple of years if the team can keep improving and make him a more legit candidate (due to a better record).

  10. beagle11 - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Pardon me for involving race in a basketball discussion, not something I like doing. BUT, this guy has to be the best “White American” since Larry Bird no?

  11. mistercharitystripe34 - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    He and Blake are going to have a great rivalry.

  12. jollyjoker2 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    He is putting up monster numbers,,,,but…you have to have ice water in the veins in finishing games. That’s why kobe is still the best.

    • brewdogg - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      Uhhhh… you watch any games but the Lakers? even some casual schmuck who listens to Sportscenter while he eats his breakfast knows that Love is clutch at crunch time. the game-winning 3 against the Clips and the 3 that sent the OKC game to overtime come to mind….

  13. Zach - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    K Love is just proving what he’s been saying all season. He’s the Best PF and there shouldn’t be any doubts about it.

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