Kevin Love PF/C MIN 18 Hrs
Kevin Love came just shy of a triple-double on Sunday, posting 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a disappointing home loss to the Raptors.
The Wolves had won seven of their past nine games, but they've now lost two of their past three games at home and their playoff odds are dwindling by the day. Sketchy defense has been the primary culprit but Love's fantasy owners won't complain, as he continues to post monster numbers on a nightly basis (averaging 25.5 points, 2.5 threes, 12.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in March).
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 3 Days
The Pistons forgot to cover Kevin Love quite a bit on Friday night and allowed him to score 28 points with 14 boards, five assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.
Greg Monroe was not used to defending so far from the basket and the Pistons had some very late rotations to give Love lots of open looks. Love was in a bit of a slump over his last four and failed to clear 48 percent from the field, so he his 10-of-18 from the field tonight had to feel good. The Raptors will have a very tough time defending Love on Sunday night at Target Center.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 5 Days
Kevin Love was quiet against the Knicks on Wednesday, making just six of his 17 shots from the field for 19 points with eight boards, two assists and three 3-pointers.
The Knicks were absolutely demolished in their previous four games, leading the NBA in field goal makes allowed at the rim in that span, so Love not blowing them away with a huge line is a surprise. Love is in a mild slump over his last three games, making just 40.0 percent of his shots in three favorable matchups against the Knicks, Nuggets and Kings. He'll look to turn it around on Friday vs. the Pistons.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 7 Days
Kevin Love dominated against the sub-par Denver defense during Monday's 132-128 win with 33 points, 19 boards, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
He had an absolutely ridiculous February, averaging 34.0 points, 14.1 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 48.7 percent from the field, but there's little reason to think he won't be able to keep it up in March and April. After an injury-plagued 2012-13 season, there are not many players better than Love when it comes to posting massive stat lines.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 9 Days
Kevin Love hit just 4-of-12 shots, but also hit 12-of-14 free throws and two 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block in Saturday's win over the Kings.
Wow. It's hard to believe that line came from a guy who made just four shots in 38 minutes, but it also speaks volumes about just how good he is.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 13 Days
Kevin Love stayed hot on Tuesday, racking up 33 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 10-of-22 shooting.
That makes six straight 30-point games for Love, who just missed the second triple-double of his career tonight. The blocks were a bonus and the nine dimes were huge after he failed to hand out a single assist on Sunday, when he had 31 points, 10 rebounds and two 3-pointers. Love can't play better than he has been over the last couple weeks and we now just have to hope he stays healthy and keeps playing through the end of the regular season, which has been a challenge for him in the past.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 13 Days
Kevin Love had his left elbow wrapped in ice after Tuesday's shootaround, but there is no indication that his status is in jeopardy.
Love banged his elbow during Saturday's game and we'll keep an eye on him, but owners should keep him locked and loaded in all active lineups. Love is fourth in the NBA in scoring (26.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (13.2 rpg), but the injury-plagued Wolves find themselves more than six games out of the playoff picture.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 15 Days
Kevin Love kept his hot streak going on Sunday night during a 108-97 loss to the Blazers on Sunday, adding 10 boards, one steal and two 3-pointers.
He cleared the 30-point plateau for the fifth consecutive time, which sets a franchise record. Saying Love is having a ridiculous February might be an understatement, entering tonight with averages of 34.6 points, 14.9 boards, 3.9 dimes, 0.9 steals and 3.1 triples on 48.6 percent from the field and 87.6 percent from the line. In the spirit of the passing NBA trade deadline, there will definitely be some "interest" to acquire him this offseason.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 16 Days
Kevin Love exploded for 37 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and six 3-pointers on 11-of-20 shooting to record his first career triple-double in Saturday's win over the Jazz.
He also hit 9-of-10 free throws for good measure, and likely won a lot of fantasy games for his owners with this monster performance. Now let's just hope he keeps playing through the end of the season, as he has a habit of shutting it down early and ruining the fantasy playoffs for all involved.
Kevin Love PF/C MIN 18 Days
Reporter Peter Vecsey went on a tweet-fest Wednesday night, suggesting that Kevin Love has told Wolves GM Flip Saunders that he will opt out of his contract in the summer of 2015 and sign elsewhere, which would mean the Wolves would basically be forced to trade him today.
However, Saunders fired back late Wednesday, tweeting the following: "Rumors of Love telling me he's opting out & wants 2 b traded r false. Last convo I had w/ him was him telling me how bad my sports coat was." Not only was Saunders' tweet timely, panic alleviating and to the point, but it was also funny. Vecsey seems to have been wrong more than he's right over the past several years, but also hits the occasional long ball. And the fact he later cryptically tweeted "Flip knows that I know" should be of some concern to Wolves fans. Stay tuned.