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Quote of the Day: Kevin Love explains how Nets have turned things around following slow start

Mar 31, 2014, 12:01 AM EST

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Reality is beginning to set in with the Timberwolves, a team that was expected by many to be in the postseason picture. But thanks to a combination of injuries and failed execution, Minnesota will miss the playoffs entirely, putting further pressure on the franchise to improve next season at all costs, lest they lose Kevin Love to free agency.

Brooklyn notched a 15-point victory on a night where Love simply didn’t have it, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting in 33 minutes of action.

Love wasn’t exactly in the mood to complement the team he just lost to, and while he was simply telling the truth to a certain extent, there was a level of frustration there considering that the Timberwolves, now with a record of 36-36, would currently be the seven seed in the playoffs if they too played in the East.

  1. rodge1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    An East team has won the last 2 titles.

    • csiegert4 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:00 AM

      That has nothing to do with the strength of the OVERALL conference – thus comparing wins and losses for an Eastern team vs. a Western team is like comparing wins and losses for a team from the A10 vs. the Big10.

    • jamesk2465 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      and before that the last 13 NBA championships were from the west

      • gepsep - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:06 AM

        Hmmmm….the 04 pistons, 06 heat and 08 celtics are definitely west

  2. BrandonTheoD - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Reblogged this on .

  3. spyder9669 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Half the teams in the East playoffs would not make even the 8th seed in the west. The Suns are #8 and would be 3rd in the East. And the East has not won the last 2 titles..the Miami Heat have. Big difference.

    • knightrider1755 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:31 AM

      Miami plays in the east numbskull.

      • csiegert4 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:01 AM

        You clearly did not get it. Haha…numbskull.

  4. sensiblevoice - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Part of the reason Miami won it two years in a row was exactly BECAUSE they play in the east. They didn’t have to go through what the Thunder did in ’12 or the Spurs in ’13!

    • knightrider1755 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:17 AM

      Perhaps that explains why the Nets have a better record against western conference teams than the Timberwolves.

    • beach305 - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      I’m sorry but the heat have own the west in the regular season in the big three era.

    • kinggw - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:37 AM

      The Spurs beat the 5th, 6th, and 7th seed to reach the Finals last year, poor example.

      • rodyaugu - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        The west is so tough, that’s why the spurs swept two consecutive series a couple seasons ago, and also two last season., and also they swept their WCF opponent last season, while the heat went through a grueling 7 games series. Most of the west teams are suited for the regular seasons, they play high pace and score a lot, but barely play any defense at all. I’d take the bulls and maybe even brooklyn to beat any teams in the west beside the spurs and thunder in a 7 game series in the playoffs. The reason the spurs swept 4 series last 2 seasons is because most of the teams in the west are defenseless. If you can’t defend you’re not going to win a single game in the playoffs where the game slows down and defense and rebounding is key to succeed. Something even some of the bad teams in the east do pretty well.

  5. slaugin - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    I don’t know of you just pulled 13 out of nowhere but celtics won within the last 13 years and they are from the East

  6. dirtyjerseysports - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    The Nets are 17-12 vs the West this year which is better than what they were vs the East.

  7. spyder9669 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    lol this 12 year old keeps saying numbskull. holy crap I haven’t heard that in years!

  8. pharohislife - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    You gotta wonder if that factors into your decision making when your a big star approaching a free-agency. I always felt if I was a big star I would always want to play in the East no questions, you’ll win more, you’re more likely to end each season of your career with a Playoff berth, and it’s easier to make the All-Star Teams. Why try as hard as you can out in the West for a 7th or 8th seed, when you can play the exact same way in the East and get a Top 3 seed.

  9. lakerade - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:19 AM

    A little disgruntled, are we Love? See you soon.

  10. kb2408 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Brutally honest…and very true! If Minny were in the East they would be a 3rd or 4th.

    • rodyaugu - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      What’s their record against teams in the east?

      • kb2408 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        Frankly, I don’t care. Your question is meaningless because of the small sample size. If Minny played in the East they would know the tendencies of those teams better because they would play them more often. Even Stevie Wonder can see the East is clearly the inferior conference.

  11. casualcommenter - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    It’s a fair criticism.

    The media keeps talking about how “hot” the Nets are, but the “on fire” Nets have only won 39 games this entire season.

    That would be good enough for just the 10th seed in the West, and 5 games out of the 8th seed. They would be mostly irrelevant in the West at this point of the season, yet they’re being hyped up because they’re in the East and being over 0.500 is good enough to be a top-6 team in the East.

    • borderline1988 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      It’s true that the West is much better from a wins/losses perspective, which has a lot to do with the East’s poor showing against the West in the first half of the season. The last 3 seeds in the East are no-where near the quality of any Western Confierence playoff team.

      However, outside of the Clippers, Thunder and Spurs, I don’t trust any of the Western teams to handily beat the Raptors, Bulls or Nets in a 7-game series. Maybe the Timberwolves are better than Charlotte or Washington or Atlanta, but honestly, who cares about the last 3 seeds in either conference. No one expects anything of them anyways.

      Minnesota sucks. They’d be a 5 or 6 seed in the East, and then they’d lose in 5 or 6 games to the Raptors, Nets or Bulls in the first round. Stop the crying Kevin!

      • rodyaugu - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

        To me that’s such a dumb thing to say after losing to them considering your team is western conference team. Maybe it would been a better response if his team had won.

  12. rodyaugu - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Being in the east help, but this team got leadership, the wolves has zero leadership and it starts from the top with kevin love.

    • rodyaugu - Mar 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      *have

      • kb2408 - Mar 31, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        How about *has…..and drop “got.” I’m no English major but come on!

  13. azarkhan - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Aside from the Heat, Pacers and Bulls, there are no teams worth watching in the East.

  14. rymurphy617 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    This is precisely the reason no big fa should sign to a Western conference team for a few years. If you want to play post season ball sign in the east.

    Look at the grizz right now. A team with potential to beat any team in a 7 game series may miss the playoffs. Sign in Orlando boston washington toronto or any other east rebuilding team with young talent and help them contend for years to come. OK maybe no one wants to live in cle Detroit or Toronto bc the weather and night life are terrible but come on. Orlando and Boston are great towns not to mention the two teams in NYC. Sign in the east and contend.

    • borderline1988 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Toronto is a better team than the Grizzlies at this point. Toronto beat Memphis twice this year, both times by double digits. And that doesn’t count the 36 point blowout in pre-season.

      You people need to wake up. The Clippers, SAS, and Thunder are at the very top (along with Miami and Indiana) but if you don’t think that Brooklyn, Chicago and Toronto are on the same level as all the other Western teams (maybe besides for Houston), then you’re just pandering to a narrative that simply isn’t true.

      Teams on the bubble in the West could make the playoffs over Charlotte or Atlanta, but they’re not getting much further. And they’d likely lose in the first round anyways, just like in the West.

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