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Kevin Love put up a monster line against Clippers (VIDEO)

Dec 23, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

Minnesota lost another close game — they do that a lot — but you can’t blame Kevin Love for this one.

He had a monster game — 45 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists on the night. He got those 45 points on 15-of-23 shooting, hitting shots from the arc out to the post. He looked like a guy on a mission (maybe one motivated by going up against Blake Griffin, who leads Love in All-Star votes from the fans so far).

Despite all that, it wasn’t enough as Minnesota lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 120-116 in overtime. Why Nikola Pekovic got the shots at the end of regulation and OT and Love didn’t touch the ball is beyond me.

  1. brotherlove2012 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Minnesota better find him another star to work with, cause he’s going to get frustrated and eventually leave. Skillwise he’s like a more athletic version of Larry Bird. For now ne’s piling up points and rebounds but he still needs to provide some of the intangibles that Bird provided and that, is not happening right now … 😀

  2. cheathamhouse1 - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I think comparing KL to LB is a bit of a stretch. If you look at the “real” superstars of the NBA, most of them were relentless defensively as well as offensively. They also were very athletic and could maneuver out of double teams and create their own shots. And lastly, they were able to make their teammates better. In this game, Rubio took 4 shots, Brewer took 5 shots, and Martin took 12. Combined, that’s less than KL. It’s no wonder that they aren’t even a .500 team right now. KL would have to shoot in the high 50′s percentage-wise (Lebronish) to win and we know he’s not doing that. In my opinion, if they want to win games, they need to get more players involved in the offense and play team defense. They were winning games when KL, Martin and Pek each scored about 19-21 points, Brewer pitched in with about 12-15 and Rubio 8-10 pts. What happen? Now it’s just the Pek and KL show…KL shoots a three or jump hook or passes in to Pek. it’s almost as if the coach and the NBA has decided to try to create another superstar instead of winning games to sell more jerseys or get a player to the all star game. And where is there team defensive? If I were a Minnesota fan, I would be very frustrated with the coaching. They need to look a what Hornecek is doing with the Suns. The talent is there in Minnesota, but they are using it all.

  3. jerdogthompson - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    @Kurt

    From what I recall the Clippers were double and even triple teaming Love when he got the ball in OT. It had the appearance that Doc said make someone other than Live beat us. You forgot to mention Pecovich(sp?) had a career high as well and was shooting the ball at an extremely high rate.

    My hats off to the Wolves, however, that headline should have read CP3 steals ball from Martin to force OT which lead to another win by the Clippers.

  4. itswhereyourmindsat - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Somebody should tell the Timberwolves that paying the refs doesn’t always work. #clippernation

  5. dluxxx - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Love is a superstar scorer. He is not a superstar defender. That’s always been the knock against him, and will always be his Achilles heel. He rebounds, outlets, scores from in close and outside, but he doesn’t have any kind of defensive chops. Until he puts the effort in on the defensive side of the ball, he’ll always be the second best “Kevin” in Timberwolves history…

    • cheathamhouse1 - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Maybe it’s better to say that he is having a superstar year thus far since he added the three ball, which by the way, is typically open for him since the other pf’s in the league are still gravitating to the paint because they haven’t figured out that he is looking for that shot first. Once you close out his shooting space he has to bump you to create space…he can’t go around you or cross you over to get free a la Kevin Durant. Bottom-line, it doesn’t seem like teams are too worried about his scoring as they still usually get the “W” without double teaming him. If he averages 26 ppg this year, he’ll have a career ppg of 18. Not great, but definitely not bad for the NBA.

  6. kastout11 - Dec 23, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    The guy is a superstar, but he needs some help. Get him another player. I do not want to see him wearing the blue and gold of the Lakers, but if he continues to play his butt off and they continue to lose, he will leave. I hope Minnesota does not thing Rubio is the so-called superstar to play beside him.

  7. misterdreamer119 - Dec 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    She-wolves still lost and love did nothing in the 4th and OT. Hes a stat guy hes not a winner. mark it.

    • zoomy123 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      You’re so stupid. Did you even watch the game? He didn’t do anything in the 4th or OT? He made just about every big play for the team. I’m going to make a name for you stupidity, it’s called The Lebron James Syndrome: When a player does everything they can to win but their team still loses, thus inviting idiots to say that everything the player did was irrelevant or not clutch.

  8. zoomy123 - Dec 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Ricky Rubio is so overrated. He has no offensive skillset, he doesn’t execute in the clutch, and he has a very low basketball IQ. The Timberwolves had 2 opportunities to win the game, once at the end of regulation and once at the end of OT. And both times Ricky Rubio passed the ball to Nikola Pekovic rather than Kevin Love. If I was Kevin Love I would have been pissed.

    And let’s not mention how it seemed like everybody was trying their damnest to lose except Kevin Love. Kevin Martin turning the ball over 10 feet from his own rim. Kevin Martin trying to save the ball from going out of bounds and then throwing it all the way down court towards his own rim leading to a Clippers layup.

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